Power workers lengthen Tube strike to two weeks, as Tour de France arrives in London

Striking power workers have lengthened a planned strike over pay and pensions from eight days to two weeks.

Transport for London (TfL) has said there will be no disruption from the strike, but there will be an “impact” on travel in London on Monday as the Tour de France crowds descend on London. (We will update you on the Monday disruption as soon as we hear more.)

The strike will now continue into next week, when the Tour de France arrives in London and over a million people are expected to line the route into the capital.

What’s the reason for the strike?

Power workers represented by the union Unite are embroiled in a dispute with London Underground involving pensions and pay deals.

An eight-day strike began on Tuesday evening, but the dispute has not been resolved, so union members have said the walk-out will now continue until July 15.

Transport for London has said that the strike will have no effect on passengers.

What TfL is saying

A spokesman for TfL said: “It’s over pensions and pay. The union clearly thought the strike would have an effect on passengers, but as it turns out, it’s not going to have any impact.

“The Tour de France will have an impact though, and we have guidance in place for customers travelling on Monday.”

 

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