Tube strike to hit commuters next week despite reportedly being backed by just three union workers

Strike will hit Waterloo and City Line on Monday              

Over 35,000 commuters use the one-stop Waterloo and City Line Tube service every day, but next Monday a strike may bring services to a halt, despite reportedly having the backing of just three union workers.

According to the Evening Standard, the proposed industrial action would result from the Tube’s smallest ever strike ballot, after London Underground bosses insisted only three people voted in favour of action.

However, the RMT union disputed this and said that 24 people voted and that all of them voted in favour of a strike.

A TfL spokesman said: “This dispute concerns the Waterloo & City line service control team which is comprised of eight employees. Six of these are RMT members. The RMT balloted its members and three of them voted for strike action.”

The 1.5 mile stretch of track between Waterloo and Bank saves tens of thousands of commuters about half an hour on journeys, so the closure will mean significant disruption and greater pressure on other Tube services.

The proposed industrial action is over the “re-grading” of control room employees.

Mick Cash, the RMT leader, said: “LU management must be clear by now on our members legitimate and reasonable demand for re-grading. The union has re-iterated that we will not accept an offer which is based on a change in staff duties or which would cause a detriment to other members.”

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