London Underground to be hit by more strikes

London Underground (LU) workers are planning yet more industrial action, as the ongoing dispute over ticket office closures continues.

Next Wednesday (September 3), thousands of station staff and supervisors will be banned from doing any overtime, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has said. The ban will continue indefinitely until an agreement is reached between RMT and LU management, reports standard.co.uk.

If the ban fails to make any impact, RMT has said further strike action could be taken. Mick Cash, RMT acting general secretary, accused LU bosses of failing to “engage in serious discussions over cash-led cuts”. However, Phil Hufton, LU’s chief operating officer, said there has been a “constant dialogue” between LU, its staff and trade unions.

“We have guaranteed that there will be no compulsory redundancies, anyone who wants to stay with us can have a job and no one will lose pay providing they are prepared to be flexible,” he stated.

LU plans to close all ticket offices and cut jobs in order to save £50 million a year. The cuts are required to contribute to Transport for London’s target, as it needs to save £4.2 billion by 2020, reports bbc.co.uk. Although LU staff members are against the cuts, Mr Hufton states that less than three per cent of journeys on the Underground involve a ticket office.