London Underground workers to strike in October as union warns it will ‘shut down’ Tube

London Underground station staff have announced they will strike next month in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

More than 3,500 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will take strike action on the London Underground on October 4 and 6. 

Industrial action coincides with a planned strike by ASLEF union members on October 4 that will affect Southeastern, South Western Railway and Southern and Gatwick Express.

RMT has been locked in a long running dispute over 600 station staff cuts that it claims will lead to hundreds of job losses.

Safety concerns have also been raised over higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Station staff have had enough of having their livelihoods threatened by job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions.

“Station staff have a vital role to play assisting vulnerable passengers access the network safely and ensuring that the tube is a safe environment for passengers.

“These job cuts and attacks on conditions are going to lead to more unstaffed stations, temporary closures and rising passenger anger.

“TfL has had its budgets slashed but the savings made by these station staff cuts will be negatable and will lead to shortages that are unacceptable.

“This strike action will lead to the tube being shut down and we call on Mayor Sadiq Khan to meet us urgently to discuss this matter.”

Transport for London has been approached for comment.

(Picture: TfL)

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