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RMT confirms week-long Tube strike goes forward with industrial motion starting at 6pm TONIGHT as talks break down

RMT confirms week-long Tube strike goes forward with industrial motion starting at 6pm TONIGHT as talks break down


A significant London Underground strike will go forward subsequent week after last-ditch talks between union and transport bosses did not resolve a long-running pay dispute.

Transport for London (TfL) warned of ‘little to no Tube service’ from Monday till Thursday subsequent week and urged passengers to ‘solely journey if their journey is important’.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union engaged on completely different components of the community will strike on separate days from 6pm this night till January 12.

Main disruption will start from this Sunday, January 7 – when Tube providers will finish sooner than regular, with passengers suggested to finish all journeys by 5.30pm.

From Monday till Thursday, ‘extreme disruption is predicted with little to no service’ on all Tubes. Companies will then begin late on Friday with a great service by noon.

Almost 10,000 RMT members will strike within the dispute which the RMT mentioned was over pay, grading constructions and journey amenities. Union chiefs claimed that Tube bosses ‘did not provide you with a proposal’ that was acceptable regardless of talks. It comes as:

  • The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA) threatened separate motion;
  • UKHospitality warned subsequent week’s strike may price the business £50million;
  • The chaos will unfold to different Nationwide Rail operators with Tube interchanges;
  • The Elizabeth line additionally faces disruption regardless of its staff not occurring strike; 
  • Sadiq Khan was urged to make use of new minimal service legal guidelines to maintain Tubes operating;
  • A journey watchdog mentioned it was ‘not the begin to the brand new 12 months Londoners needed’. 

Whereas Elizabeth line staff should not on strike, its stations between Bond Road and Whitechapel will likely be affected. And 5 different rail operators – c2c, Thameslink, Nice Northern, Southern and Chiltern Railways – may also have partially amended providers.

The Docklands Mild Railway, London Overground , Elizabeth line and TfL buses are all set to be busier than regular, regardless of not being included within the industrial motion.

A few of these providers may also be affected by station closures the place stations additionally serve Underground strains, whereas one-way or queueing methods may very well be in place.

Passengers took to X to voice their anger – together with a girl with terminal most cancers who mentioned she wouldn’t be capable of get to hospital for brand new chemotherapy therapy.

Others included a faculty instructor who had been pressured to cancel a theatre journey for 40 pupils – whereas corporations mentioned that they had determined to shut their places of work. However some staff mentioned they hoped the strike will go forward to allow them to nonetheless earn a living from home.

In the meantime the motion may price London hospitality companies £50million in line with business physique UKHospitality, which mentioned that strike days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are ‘the important thing weekdays that commuters now come into the town’.

Mayor Sadiq Khan travels on the London Underground's Jubilee line on August 29 last year

Mayor Sadiq Khan travels on the London Underground's Jubilee line on August 29 last year

Mayor Sadiq Khan travels on the London Underground’s Jubilee line on August 29 final 12 months

On the Elizabeth Line, on Monday and Wednesday subsequent week stations between Bond Road and Whitechapel inclusive are anticipated to be shut earlier than 6.30am and after 10.30pm.

How Tube strikes will have an effect on YOUR journey in January 2024

Right here is the official steerage for passengers on subsequent week’s Tube strike from Transport for London: 

  • Sunday, January 7: ‘Tube providers will shut sooner than regular. Clients are suggested to finish Tube journeys by 5.30pm’
  • Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11: ‘Extreme disruption is predicted, with little to no service anticipated to run’
  • Friday January, 12: ‘Tube providers will begin later than regular, with a great service anticipated by noon’

Stations may additionally have to shut at quick discover, and trains will run by means of affected stations with out stopping.

On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week, stations between Bond Road and Whitechapel inclusive are anticipated to be closed till about 7.30am, and trains will run by means of affected stations with out stopping.

In the meantime Chiltern Railways warned that its providers between London Marylebone and Aylesbury by way of Amersham could be affected by the Tube strike.

It is because they run alongside underground infrastructure together with the tracks and signalling methods.

Through the strike interval, on some days its trains is not going to name at South Ruislip as a result of the station will likely be closed.

Different operators as a consequence of be affected included c2c, which mentioned trains will be unable to cease at West Ham from 6.30pm on Sunday till 7.30am subsequent Friday. It added that c2c stations that interchange with TfL providers could also be busier than regular.

Nice Northern mentioned that on subsequent Monday and Wednesday, there could be no providers at Drayton Park, Highbury and Islington, Essex Highway, Outdated Road and Moorgate.

The operator additionally mentioned that trains which usually run to and from Moorgate will begin and terminate at Finsbury Park on these days.

On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week providers on the aforementioned stations will begin later than regular, with no trains earlier than 7.30am.

How Tube strike will have an effect on different Nationwide Rail practice providers 

Elizabeth Line: Subsequent Monday and Wednesday, stations between Bond Road and Whitechapel inclusive are anticipated to be shut earlier than 6.30am and after 10.30pm. Stations may additionally have to shut at quick discover, and trains will run by means of affected stations with out stopping. On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week, stations between Bond Road and Whitechapel inclusive are anticipated to be closed till about 7.30am, and trains will run by means of affected stations with out stopping.

Chiltern Railways: Companies between London Marylebone and Aylesbury by way of Amersham will likely be affected as a result of they run alongside Underground infrastructure together with the tracks and signalling methods. Through the strike interval, on some days its trains is not going to name at South Ruislip as a result of the station will likely be closed.

c2c: Trains will be unable to cease at West Ham from 6.30pm on Sunday till 7.30am subsequent Friday. c2c stations that interchange with TfL providers could also be busier than regular.

Nice Northern: Subsequent Monday and Wednesday, there will likely be no providers at Drayton Park, Highbury and Islington, Essex Highway, Outdated Road and Moorgate. Trains which usually run to and from Moorgate will begin and terminate at Finsbury Park on these days. On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week, providers on the aforementioned stations will begin later than regular, with no trains earlier than 7.30am.

Thameslink: On Monday and Wednesday subsequent week, there will likely be no providers at Farringdon station. On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week, Thameslink providers from Farringdon will begin later than regular, with no trains earlier than 7.30am.

Southern: Subsequent week on Monday and Wednesday, it’ll haven’t any providers at Wembley Central and Harrow and Wealdstone stations.

Thameslink mentioned that on Monday and Wednesday subsequent week there will likely be no providers at Farringdon station.

On Tuesday and Thursday subsequent week, Thameslink providers from Farringdon will begin later than regular, with no trains earlier than 7.30am.

And Southern revealed that subsequent week on Monday and Wednesday, it’ll haven’t any providers at Wembley Central and Harrow and Wealdstone stations.

TfL additionally mentioned that if the strike goes forward, it’ll take a look at amending deliberate engineering work on the District Line, which may lead to a closure of the Wimbledon department between Wimbledon and Parsons Inexperienced.

It has additionally urged Underground passengers to ‘solely journey if their journey is important’ from this Sunday night till subsequent Friday.

Transport bosses added that this Sunday night, strains serving the Emirates Stadium in North London for the Arsenal v Liverpool FA Cup third spherical match, which kicks off at 4.30pm and can finish round 6.30pm, will ‘attempt to stay open longer’.

They mentioned soccer followers ought to make their manner straight to the trains following the match as a result of providers will begin to shut from 7.30pm on these strains.

Chaos will start when engineering and upkeep staff take strike motion from 6pm this night and tomorrow, with no rest-day working or extra time from then till January 12.

Underground management centre in addition to energy and management members will likely be taking motion over this Sunday and subsequent Monday, and all fleet staff will stroll out subsequent Monday.

Signallers and repair controller members will take motion subsequent Tuesday and subsequent Thursday whereas all fleet, stations and trains grades will stroll out subsequent Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan was urged by the Tories to make use of new minimal service legal guidelines to maintain the Underground operating through the strike.

It comes after the primary rules geared toward making certain minimal ranges of service throughout strikes had been introduced into pressure by the Authorities on December 8.

Metropolis Corridor Conservatives transport spokesman Keith Prince advised MailOnline: ‘Sadiq Khan must resolve if he’s the Mayor for Londoners or the Mayor for commerce unions. The Strikes (Minimal Service Degree) Act provides Sadiq Khan the facility to intervene in subsequent week’s strikes to make sure minimal service ranges on the Underground community.

Queues for buses outside London Liverpool Street station in August 2022 during a Tube strike

Queues for buses outside London Liverpool Street station in August 2022 during a Tube strike

Queues for buses outdoors London Liverpool Road station in August 2022 throughout a Tube strike 

‘In 2016, Sadiq Khan promised zero strikes on the Underground community. Subsequent week’s industrial motion would be the a hundred and fortieth strike underneath his watch – 4 instances as many because the earlier mayor.

Full listing of Tube strike dates in January 2024

  • Friday, January 5 – Engineering and upkeep
  • Saturday, January 6 – Engineering and upkeep
  • Sunday, January 7 – Management centre and energy/management
  • Monday, January 8 – All fleet
  • Tuesday, January 9 – Signallers and repair controllers
  • Wednesday, January 10 – All fleet
  • Thursday, January 11 – Signallers and repair controllers 

Engineering and upkeep are additionally advised to not work any extra time or relaxation day working between January 5 and 12 

‘Sadiq Khan is each Mayor and chairman of TfL. Londoners will know who responsible when the Tube community grinds to a halt as soon as once more.’

Final month, ministers mentioned the brand new rules would apply within the rail sector, border safety and ambulance providers.

For the railways, minimal service ranges ought to imply that rail operators can intention to run 40 per cent of their regular timetable throughout any strike.

A Statutory Code of Observe additionally got here into pressure which units out the ‘affordable’ steps commerce unions ought to take to make sure their members adjust to work notices.

The place minimal service stage rules are in place and strike motion is known as, employers ought to be capable of subject work notices to establish people who find themselves ‘moderately required to work’ to make sure minimal service ranges are met.

The regulation requires unions to make sure their members who’re recognized with a piece discover comply, and in the event that they fail to do that, they’ll lose authorized safety from damages claims.

The Authorities has additionally raised the utmost damages that courts can award in opposition to a union for illegal strike motion. For the most important unions, the utmost award has risen from £250,000 to £1million.

However TfL advised MailOnline it had not utilized the brand new act throughout this industrial motion for a ‘variety of causes’.

This included that the laws had ‘simply been launched and doesn’t cowl the entire related teams of employees taking motion on a number of the days’.

Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Mick Lynch with supporters at Euston in May 2022

Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Mick Lynch with supporters at Euston in May 2022

Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Mick Lynch with supporters at Euston in Might 2022

Bosses added that there have been ‘additionally elements that we’re looking for clarification on from the Authorities’.

London Underground employees to be balloted for strike motion by TSSA 

A second commerce union is threatening industrial motion in opposition to London Underground in a dispute over pay.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA) mentioned it’ll poll its London Underground members after rejecting a pay supply.

The union mentioned that after months of talks the supply was a pay rise of 5 per cent and a plan to freeze pay bands and wage ranges.

TSSA basic secretary, Maryam Eslamdoust mentioned: ‘Our members on London Underground are deeply sad at this sub-standard and easily unrealistic supply.

‘We are going to now transfer to a poll for industrial motion, elevating the very actual prospect of a crippling strike on the Tube.

‘If that is to be prevented London Underground should come again to the desk with a proposal which takes account of the continuing cost-of-living disaster.

‘The supply, because it stands, actually quantities to a pay minimize for our members who accomplish that a lot to maintain London transferring each day of the 12 months.

‘It fails to handle the very fact inflation has been sky excessive in latest instances and different parts of the proposed deal, referring to wage bands, are unacceptable.

‘Our door is at all times open for additional talks nevertheless it’s time for London Underground to get actual.’

Individually, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union within the Tube are taking industrial motion over the subsequent week – additionally over pay.

Labour has pledged to repeal the brand new regulation if it wins the subsequent basic election.

A TfL spokesman mentioned earlier this week: ‘We’re disillusioned that the RMT referred to as this motion over our full and ultimate supply of a 5 per cent pay enhance.

‘Now we have been clear in constructive discussions that that is probably the most we will afford while making certain that we will function safely, reliably and sustainably. We encourage the RMT to interact with us to keep away from disruption for Londoners.

‘The Minimal Service Degree Act has not been utilized throughout this industrial motion for numerous causes. The laws has simply been launched and doesn’t cowl the entire related teams of employees taking motion on a number of the days. There are additionally elements that we’re looking for clarification on from the Authorities.’

A spokesman for Mr Khan referred MailOnline to TfL when contacted about Mr Prince’s feedback.

It comes after a dialogue between the Tories and Mr Khan concerning the regulation at a latest assembly.

In a video tweeted by Metropolis Corridor Conservatives on December 21, the group’s chief Neil Garratt requested Mr Khan: ‘The Authorities has now given you powers to implement minimal service ranges. Is {that a} energy you welcome, is {that a} energy you propose to make use of?’

However Mr Khan replied: ‘TfL will at all times converse to commerce unions to keep away from any strike motion. The laws that you just’re referring to is not match for objective for TfL in relation to security necessities of TfL but additionally in relation to the minimal requirements requirement for TfL.

‘However we’re hoping it does not come to that as a result of we’re hoping that – as is usually the case – we handle to resolve this stuff amicably.

Final month, MailOnline reported how members of the RMT had voted ‘overwhelmingly’ by 90.5 per cent to take industrial motion over an ‘unacceptable’ 5 per cent pay supply.

Completely different components of the workforce will strike on completely different days in an try and cripple the community with out all employees having to stroll out and lose pay on the similar time.

The RMT hit out at ‘under inflation’ pay rises for employees and claimed TfL had created a bonus pot of £13million for senior managers.

It additionally identified that TfL commissioner Andy Lord had an 11 per cent pay rise in June of £40,000, taking his wage from £355,000 as much as £395,000.

Closed gates at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station during the Tube strike in March 2023

Closed gates at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station during the Tube strike in March 2023

Closed gates at Harrow-on-the-Hill Underground station through the Tube strike in March 2023

The union mentioned it needed to ‘see full employees journey amenities for all Tube staff restored’ and criticised TfL bosses for ‘freezing pay bands’, warning that it’s going to create a ‘two-tier workforce’.

At present, an RMT spokesperson mentioned in a press release: ‘TfL has did not avert this strike by not providing a deal that was acceptable to our members on London Underground.

‘We don’t take strike motion calmly however we’re decided to get a negotiated settlement on pay, journey amenities and a grading construction meaning our members is not going to lose out.’

Earlier, RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch mentioned Tube staff who assist deliver ‘huge quantities of worth’ to the London financial system had been ‘not going to place up with senior managers and commissioners raking it in, whereas they got modest under inflation provides’.

He added: ‘The refusal of Transport for London to revive employees journey amenities and create a two-tier workforce can be unacceptable.

‘Our members have made it clear that they’re ready to take motion and we urge TfL to enhance their supply to avert disruption within the capital.’

Closed entrances to Euston Underground station during a strike in November 2022

Closed entrances to Euston Underground station during a strike in November 2022

Closed entrances to Euston Underground station throughout a strike in November 2022 

A complete of 5,334 of 9,723 RMT members took half within the RMT’s poll, with 4,827 voting for motion and 505 voting in opposition to, reported the Night Normal.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s chief working officer, mentioned final week: ‘We’re disillusioned that RMT is planning strike motion in response to our supply of a 5 per cent pay enhance.

‘Now we have been clear all through our productive discussions with our commerce unions that this supply is probably the most we will afford whereas making certain that we will function safely, reliably and sustainably.

‘We encourage the RMT to interact with us to keep away from disruption for Londoners. We want to advise anybody travelling through the strike days to examine earlier than they journey.’

Kate Nicholls, chief government of UKHospitality, advised MailOnline: ‘One more Tube strike is irritating information for Londoners, staff, and the hundreds of hospitality companies that function within the Capital.

‘With the strike days affecting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – the important thing weekdays that commuters now come into the town – we estimate that the impression to the sector from subsequent week’s tube strike may very well be as much as £50million.

‘And that determine is on prime of the misplaced £4billion in gross sales over the previous 18 months that hospitality companies have already needed to soak up from ongoing transport strikes.

‘January is already one of many quieter buying and selling months of the 12 months for hospitality, the place each sale counts, and this disruption will make the begin to the 12 months much more difficult.

‘We’d like all events to come back collectively to urgently attain a decision and produce to an finish this long-running disruption.’

And a spokesman for transport watchdog London TravelWatch advised MailOnline: ‘In direction of the top of 2023, we noticed London Underground journeys attain 4 million a day, so it is clear that demand is nicely and actually again after the pandemic.

‘We all know that together with disruption to the tube, there’ll possible be an impression on Elizabeth line, London Overground and DLR providers on every strike day too.

‘If these strikes do go forward as deliberate, they are going to be actually disruptive for passengers. This isn’t the begin to the brand new 12 months Londoners needed.’

In October final 12 months, the RMT referred to as off two deliberate weekday Tube strike s following ‘important progress’ in talks with Underground bosses at conciliation service Acas.



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