Misery for Londoners as unions stage 24-HOUR Tube strike

The party is over! Misery for Londoners as unions stage 24-HOUR Tube strike until 8am tomorrow causing chaos for workers trying to get back to their desks after four-day Platinum Jubilee celebration

  • London Underground has advised people not to travel due to ‘severe disruption’  
  • Rail, Maritime and Transport union members walking out over jobs and pensions
  • Only the DLR, London Overground and Trams are not affected by the strikes 
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Tube stations across London will remain closed due to strike action today, creating commuting misery for workers as they try to return to their desks following the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend. 

London Underground advised people not to travel, warning of severe disruption across the network from the start of service on Monday and lasting until 8am on Tuesday.

Fed-up commuters were seen forming long queues at bus stops under grey skies and rain, while traffic began to build on the city’s road networks. 

Fuming workers blasted the strikes on social media, with one declaring: ‘We are in hell’, while others said they had simply ‘had enough’ of the walkouts, which began in March this year. 

The chaos has been caused by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), who are taking industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pensions.

And today’s action could just be the start of a feared ‘summer of discontent’, after unions recently threatened a national rail strike, which would see Network Rail forced to operate on a skeleton timetable to reserve tracks for the movement of goods – with passengers only having access to key services.

Transport for London (TfL) warned on Monday that some train services will run but many stations, especially those in central and south London, will be closed, while others may only open for limited periods.

Other TfL services, including DLR, London Overground and Trams, are not affected by the industrial action and will be running but will be busier. 

The only Tube lines which have services today are the Jubilee Line, between Finchley Road and Stanmore, and the Northern Line, between Edgware and Golders Green, East Finchley and High Barnet and between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East. 

Long queues formed outside bus stops across the capital on Monday morning as most Tube stations remained closed 

Tube stations across London will be closed until Tuesday at 8am after the RMT union staged at 24-hour walkout in a dispute over pensions and pay. Pictured: Commuters are barred from entering Tottenham Court Road Station

The disruption will last until 8am on Tuesday with commuters facing chaos on the return to work after the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend

Traffic builds up on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel road approach during rush hour in Greenwich south east London

TfL said no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody will lose their jobs because of the proposals it has set out.

As part of previous funding agreements, the Government has required TfL to work towards achieving financial sustainability on its operations by April 2023.

TfL has proposed not recruiting into around 500 to 600 posts as they become vacant.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: ‘I’d like to apologise to London for the impact this strike will have on journeys.

‘We know it’s going to be damaging to London and the economy, at a time when public transport is playing a crucial role in the capital’s recovery.

‘While our focus is always on helping everyone travel around London whenever they want, the expected impact of the RMT’s action means we have to advise people to only travel if necessary, as many stations may be closed.

‘Alternatives to the Tube, including the bus and rail networks, are likely to be much busier than usual and we expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Tuesday June 7.

Warwick Avenue station pictured closed on Monday morning due to strike action

Pictured: Traffic builds up on the Blackwall Tunnel Road as  commuters face no choice but to find alternative means of transport to the Tube network

‘No changes have been proposed to pensions and nobody has or will lose their job as a result of the proposals we have set out.

‘Working with us to find a resolution is the best course of action, avoiding the disruption this strike will cause to Londoners and the economy.’

The RMT said that, under current proposals, 600 jobs will be lost, working agreements will be torn up and the looming threat to pensions remains in place.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘We are demanding a direct face to face meeting with mayor Sadiq Khan to sort this mess out.

‘There’s no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power lies with the mayor.’

Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce said: ‘We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has called for a mass walkout by TfL workers in such close proximity to the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend when London will be full of visitors.

‘The last two years hit London disproportionately hard and the capital is desperately trying to claw back some sense of normality after a tumultuous two years.

‘This strike now puts TfL in a position of having to recommend that Londoners work from home.

Queues form at a bus stop at Victoria Station in central London amid commuter chaos due to Tube strikes 

Rain falls on fed-up commuters as they board a bus in central London on Monday

The usually packed Victoria station was boarded up on Monday morning due to the RMT strike 

The RMT said that, under current proposals, 600 jobs will be lost, working agreements will be torn up and the looming threat to pensions remains in place

‘Ultimately, this will only harm London’s economy and it is time for TfL to sort out their dispute with the RMT so we can get back to building prosperity and showing the world that London is open business.’

RMT members on the Tube are also taking action short of a strike, meaning station staff might not work overtime, until Sunday July 10, which may result in short notice station closures.

Business leaders today criticised the latest strike action, saying it would only ‘harm London’s economy.’ 

Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce said: ‘We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has called for a mass walkout by TfL workers in such close proximity to the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend when London will be full of visitors.

‘The last two years hit London disproportionately hard and the capital is desperately trying to claw back some sense of normality after a tumultuous two years.

‘This strike now puts TfL in a position of having to recommend that Londoners work from home.

‘Ultimately, this will only harm London’s economy and it is time for TfL to sort out their dispute with the RMT so we can get back to building prosperity and showing the world that London is open business.’

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