Tube workers vote to strike

Tube workers have voted to strike over plans which would create a “criminals paradise” of unstaffed stations.

Members of transport union RMT voted 77% in favour of strike action in a dispute which it says is over jobs, services and safety.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the dispute was wholly about cash-led plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs and close ticket offices across London.

“Not only are a thousand posts on the line but staff remaining are going to be forced through the humiliating and degrading experience of re-applying for their own jobs – the same staff who have been hailed as heroes when the tube has faced emergency situations,” he said.

“That is a kick in the teeth for the loyal and experienced tube workforce who have kept services running safely and efficiently under constant pressure from weight of demand and a creaking and under-resourced infra-structure.”

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He said the cuts would hit the vulnerable, the elderly, those with disabilities and women the hardest.

“De-staffing stations, with supervisors running operations three stops down the line on an iPad, would turn the tube system into a criminals paradise where those with violence and robbery on their minds are given a clear run. RMT will work with our sister unions and passenger groups to ensure that tube users understand just what’s at stake as Boris Johnson turns his opportunist election pledges on their head.”

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