London Underground station staff will stage a 24-hour strike on Monday June 6, the day after the Platinum Jubilee weekend, in a dispute over job cuts.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has called on 4,000 members to strike in protest at Transport for London’s plans to cut 600 jobs to cut costs.
The walkout follows two strikes in a week in early March and is expected to reduce Tube services and close stations in central London.
The union also announced a ban on overtime from June 3, which could affect the underground during the Jubilee celebrations.
Only station staff, rather than the 10,000 RMT members who walked off the job in March, will be involved in the June strike, as the union tries to highlight the area where jobs will be cut as part of the proposals from Transport for London (TfL).
TfL has argued it must urgently make changes to cut running costs, with revenues still down significantly since the coronavirus pandemic, and London still dependent on additional emergency funding from the Treasury to balance books.
Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said the action was unnecessary and designed to disrupt Jubilee weekend. He added: “It is particularly surprising that the RMT has threatened to spoil this moment when the nation comes together because no one has lost or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have made and there has been no no proposal for change of retirement. .
“If the RMT chooses to go ahead with this unnecessary action, we will do everything in our power to minimize disruption and ensure that everyone can still make the most of the capital throughout the weekend of the jubilee.”
Lord said no one would lose their jobs under TfL plans, which would reduce the number of employees by not filling vacancies when people change jobs or retire. TfL has been forced to seek savings, as well as a pension review, under the terms of its emergency funding agreements with the government.
However, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “TfL is trying to bulldoze 600 London Underground job cuts and our members are not ready to accept that.
“Station staff play a crucial role in serving the traveling public and were heroes during the 7/7 terrorist attacks.
“Instead of looking to cut jobs, TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan need to put extra pressure on the government to get more funding for the network so we can have a properly staffed 21st century tube. .”
News of a new tube strike comes as the RMT threatened to call a nationwide railway strike. The results of polls across Network Rail and 15 rail operating companies are due this week, and walkouts could follow at the end of June.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested the government could try to impose minimum service levels in the event of industrial action, which unions have denounced as a threat to the right to strike.