London Tube Strike On for July 8/9

By Gary Cutlack on at

The RMT union has formally agreed to call its members out on strike, with a 24-hour protest on July 8 and into July 9 designed to roll-up all complaints about pay, night running, safety and "casualisation" into one mega-strike.

Workers have been asked not to sign in for any shifts starting between 18:30 on July 8 and 18:29 on July 9, meaning there's one heck of a series sticky bus rides lined up for commuters across the two days.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Balloting has concluded today in a series of disputes on London Underground, including the linked issues of pay and night running, and also in the long running dispute over station staffing, mass job cuts and ticket office closures -- each of the ballots has delivered an overwhelming mandate for action which will now be considered by the unions executive."

Cash continued with a personal tirade against Mayor Boris Johnson and his pushing of the 24-hour tube "stunt," adding: "It is simply outrageous that management, in a mad dash to bulldoze through the night running stunt, have smashed apart long-term agreements and have resorted to trying to bully staff into accepting roster changes at a local level and the message from RMT and our sister unions is clear – we are not having it." [RMT]