London Tube Strikes will go Ahead this Week

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The Central and Waterloo & City lines will come to a stop this week, when workers walk out on a 24 hour strike.  The strike will start from 9pm Wednesday and remain in force until 9pm Thursday.

The reasons for the strike have been cited by as the forced displacement of staff, according to the RMT union.

Transport for London (TfL), believes it has made reasonable efforts to resolve the issues with the RMT union, and has urged the RMT to reconsider industrial action.

If the strike goes ahead as planned, there will be no Central line service east of Leytonstone and a reduced service on the Central line all day on Thursday.  A bus service would run between Epping and Chingford.

The Waterloo and City line will be completely closed all of Thursday.

Alternative Routes to be Packed

Earlier this month London Underground came to a stop by industrial action when another 24-hour strike hit when members of the RMT and TSSA Unions walked out.

If this strike goes ahead Transport for London has warned that alternative routes would be a lot busier than usual.

Staff Shortages at the Heart of the Dispute

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, many employees were made redundant, a move that independent reports have cited as a mistake and that services to passengers suffered as a result.

The RMT union has said that moving drivers around “at the drop of the hat” are the result of staff shortages which London Underground need to make an effort to recruit or reemploy redundant staff to resolve.

Operations director for the Central line, Peter McNaught, said in a statement, “We apologise to customers for the disruption they may experience due to this unnecessary strike.

“We have made all reasonable efforts to resolve this dispute with the RMT through talking through the issues with them, and we have minimised the number of employees affected from 30 to eight.

“We urge the RMT to engage with us to resolve this issue and to withdraw the strike action, which will only cause needless disruption to Londoners.”

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