London Underground: Underground strike expected to cause ‘serious disruption’ on Monday

London Underground staff will strike for 24 hours after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. On Monday June 6, around 4,000 station staff were called out over redundancy and retirement disputes, with much of London expected to be affected.

As many return to work after the four-day Bank Holiday weekend, Transport for London has confirmed severe disruption is likely. It is not currently known which lines and stations will be affected, but stations across the network could be forced to close.

TfL’s website says: “We will keep as many stations open as possible, but we expect this strike to cause severe disruption and the closure of many Tube stations.” The action will start one minute after midnight and last for 24 hours, with disruption until Tuesday morning June 7.

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London Overground, National Rail and London bus services will all operate as usual, however, TfL warns services could be busier than usual. The strike should not affect the new Elizabeth line, which is not a metro service.

Andy Lord, Chief Operating Officer of TfL, said: “I would like to apologize to our customers for the disappointing RMT strike on Monday 6th June which will have a significant impact on the Tube network and we advise people not to travel only if necessary on that day, as many stations may be closed.

“Alternatives to the metro, including the bus and train networks, are likely to be much busier than usual. We expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Tuesday June 7th and I am sorry to the impact this will have on people’s travel next week.

“This strike is particularly frustrating as no changes have been proposed to pensions and no one has lost or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have made. We urge the RMT to call off this strike and work with us to find a solution and avoid the disruption this strike will cause to people’s movements and to the economy.”

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is on strike over a dispute over job cuts and pensions. TfL has proposed closing 600 stations on the Tube as a cost-saving measure.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: “TfL are trying to bulldoze 600 London Underground job cuts and our members are not ready to accept it. Station staff play a crucial role in the service of the traveling public and was a hero during the 7/7 terrorist attacks..

“Instead of looking to cut jobs, TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan must put extra pressure on the government to get more funding for the network so we can have a modern, staffed 21st century tube. adequate.”

The action is a dramatic escalation in the ongoing dispute following the cancellation of the June 3 RMT strikes. The RMT also announced a ban on overtime from Friday June 3 until July 10.

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Bonny J. Streater