Commuters in Kent are being warned of a major disruption to the London Underground this week – with two strikes set to wreak havoc on the network.
The dispute is over jobs, pensions and conditions. The talks to avoid walkouts, at the ACAS conciliation service, failed last week.
From now on, members of the railway, maritime and transport union (RMT) will strike on Tuesday and Thursday.
According to Transport for London, the action could mean no services running on both days and “serious disruption” to all Tube lines the day after the walkouts.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members will go on strike next week because a financial crisis at London Underground Ltd [the TfL subsidiary which operates the Tube network] was deliberately designed by the government to drive a program of cuts that would undermine jobs, services, security and threaten their working conditions and pensions.
“These are the exact same transport staff hailed as heroes for transporting London through Covid for nearly two years, often risking their lives, who are left with no choice but to strike in defense their livelihoods.
“Politicians need to realize that transport workers will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.
“The union remains available for talks aimed at resolving the dispute.”