Monday may well be a test in patience for many trying to get to work and about in London due to a union walk out by thousands of Tube workers. The 10,000 union workers plan a 24 hour walkout in protest over the planned cut of 800 ticket office jobs. Talks to avert the strike failed on Thursday to prevent plans for a walkout from going forward.
Up to 100 extra buses will be available for those seeking transportation that would have normally used the Tubes. Other provisions to add 10,000 more Thames river boat passenger places and additional taxi and escorted bike rides will be available. It is expected that the disruption will take place from Monday afternoon till Tuesday afternoon according to Transport for London (TfL).
Mayor Boris Johnson assured the public by saying: “The extra measures we have put in call for a team effort and people will need to consider buses, boats or bikes as an alternative to their usual journeys.”
Other 24 hour walkouts are scheduled by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staff’s Association (TSSA) for October 3, November 2, and November 28. Ticket sales office personnel, maintenance and engineering staff, Tube drivers, signalers, and station staff are all planning to participate in the walkout.
Walkouts are also planned by TSSA due to salary disputes for next Tuesday and workers at Alstom-Metro depots on the Jubilee and Northern lines plan walkouts for September 5, October 2, November 1, and November 27 starting at 1900 BST and lasting for 24 hours.
Bob Crowe, RMT’s general secretary urged Mayor Johnson to take the walkout seriously saying: “The action is on and our members are finalising plans for picket lines across the network. It’s down to LU to pull back from the brink of their ill-conceived cuts plans and to clear the way for meaningful discussions that protect safety and safe staffing levels.”