Every line on the network will be impacted by the Tube strike.
Bad news for anyone currently commuting to the office: there are going to be four days of Tube strike action in August, which will affect every London Underground line. The Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) Union has called for Tube strikes on August 3, 5, 24, & 26, and instructed its members not to book any shifts from noon those days until 11:59am the following day.
The strikes stem from a disagreement with London Underground’s decision to cut the Night Tube Train Drivers’ grade – a decision which the union argues could lead to the loss of up to 200 jobs. Having balloted members and found a “solid vote” in support of strike action, and with talks with London Underground failing to reach a solution, the strike has now been called for.
The Night Tube will not resume service until at least 2022, and the RMT Union believes that change to the Night Tube grade threaten the work-life balance of up to 3000 drivers. The union have said that they remain available for talks with London Underground bosses, who are trying to steer the network through a period of financial uncertainty that’s already seen one hike in Tube fares, and another potentially on the way in January, as government bailouts have come with strings attached.
With three weeks to go until any strike action is set to begin, there’s time for RMT and London Underground to resume discussions and call off the strike before it happens, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed after all. We’ll keep you updated with any further developments, and you can keep an eye on the TfL travel status page for up-to-date news.
Also published on Medium.