London Underground Union Workers to Stage Strikes
Two UK transportation unions – the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) – called for two 48-hour strikes. The strikes will affect London Underground (Tube) service in the next two weeks.
The strikes are in response to a number of changes announced for London Underground, most notably of which will eliminate the majority of Tube ticket offices and nearly 1,000 jobs.
Members of the two unions are expected to go on strike at approximately 9:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, February 4 for 48 hours, and again a week later on February 11 at the same time. The unions account for over 50% of London Underground workers.
Transportation for London (TFL) estimates that the each strike may cause disruptions for up to four days. To compensate, TFL will stop or delay road works where possible and add temporarily increased bus service, although warns commuters that the roads may be busier than usual.
Tube riders are encouraged to check tfl.gov.uk for the most recent updates and closure announcements.
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