Tube strike could hit Tour de France crowds in London

Tube workers running the power for the Tube are embroiled in a dispute that could cause major disruption to the London Underground on the day the Tour de France comes to London.

The world’s largest annual sporting event is coming to London on Monday July 7, where the race will finish on the Mall.

London Underground is refusing to resume talks with the union Unite, which is representing the Tube power workers.

Workers are already planning a 24 hour strike beginning at 8pm on Tuesday 1 July, which is expected to cause some disruption.

The dispute is complicated, but centres round power workers being “tuped” (transfer of undertakings, protection of employment), to other organisations several years ago, and then returning to work under London Underground management, but under different terms.

Unite regional officer Hugh Roberts said: “Because of the hardline management stance, there is a real possibility that the underground could close down affecting the travel plans of thousands of people wanting to watch the Tour de France on Monday 7 July. 
  
“The public should be under no doubts this could and should have been resolved weeks ago. The blame for the fact that it hasn’t sits squarely on the shoulders of London Underground’s obstructive management. 

“Strike action is a last resort and the ball is very much in the management’s court, if it wishes to approach Acas. 

“We called off a strike due to be held over the May bank holiday to hold talks with Acas, but London Underground shifted the goalposts and has refused to meaningfully negotiate further. 
  
“The issue here is broken promises, unfair treatment over differentials and worsening conditions. London Underground management’s penny pinching attitude is not being driven by common sense, but by the background agenda of budget cuts in the Treasury’s funding.” 

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  • Well striking in this manner is a French habit, Unite probably couldn't resist importing the parallel, despite the difference in rail guage with that enjoyed by the SNCF

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