Tube, London Overground staff to go on strike

Wednesday 03rd August 2022 06:41 EDT

London Underground and Overground staff will go on strike on 19 August, unions have confirmed, piling on transport misery for passengers in the middle of a national rail strike.

About 10,000 members of the RMT union working on the tube, as well as 400 Overground staff working at Arriva Rail London, will strike for 24 hours on Friday, in two separate disputes over jobs and pay, as a union-imposed deadline passed without the assurances it sought from the employers.

The industrial action falls between two 24-hour walkouts by RMT and TSSA members at Network Rail and 14 train operators on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August.

Tube workers will be on strike for the fifth time this year in a row over proposed job cuts and changes to pensions, driven by agreements over emergency government funding to Transport for London.

The RMT said TfL had refused to share details of a draft government proposal. Ministers have required TfL to find savings and review pensions as part of earlier bailouts, with billions in fare revenue lost since the start of the pandemic as passengers stayed off the tube.

The union’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “This strike action by our members on LU and the Overground is yet another demonstration of how transport workers refuse to accept a raw deal.

“TfL have had ample opportunity to be transparent about the funding they will receive and to give tube workers the assurances they need. Yet they have totally failed to give those guarantees.

“And Arriva Rail London, a company swimming in money, refuses to give our members a pay rise that will deal with the escalating cost of living crisis.”

Lynch said there would be “significant disruption” due to the strike on 19 August and stressed that TfL and Arriva Rail London bore “responsibility for this breakdown in industrial relations”.

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