London Underground Workers Call for Strike After Talks Fail
Transport for London, or TfL, the agency responsible for much of the public transportation system in London, said that members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, or RMT, will go through with plans to stage strikes in response to a breakdown in negotiations.
Leaders of the union announced their plans after talks concerning pensions, pay, and safety issues with TfL failed.
The strikes will take place on April 28, beginning at 9:00 p.m. and lasting through the morning of May 1. Strikes have also been called by RMT from 9:00 p.m. on May 5 through the morning of May 9. RMT has been reshuffling its leadership after the unexpected death of trade union leader Bob Crow from a heart attack in March.
TfL has accused the union of being stuck in the past, while the union maintains that Underground modernization plans, including the closing of all ticket offices, will have significant negative impacts on Underground workers.
TfL warned that commuters should expect significant delays during the planned strike periods.
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