Posted 15th March 2023 | No Comments

London Underground halted by strike

Updated 11.10

London Underground services
are at a standstill today, because members of ASLEF and the RMT are staging a 24-hour strike.

The dispute is over working conditions, job cuts and pensions. The walkout means that no service can run on any Underground line.

Other Transport for London services are not affected by today’s stoppage.

The RMT wrote to London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday, telling him that job cuts must be halted and that the safety of the travelling public was foremost in workers’ minds.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Attacks on pensions, conditions and job losses will not be tolerated and the travelling public needs to understand that understaffed and unstaffed stations are unsafe. We will continue our industrial campaign for as long as it takes.’

Last night TfL's chief operating officer Glynn Barton said: "I apologise to our customers for any disruption caused by Wednesday's industrial action. I urge the trade unions to call off this action and continue to engage with us to avoid disruption.’

Some early morning Underground services may be disrupted tomorrow morning in the wake of today’s strike, while National Rail services in England are set to be disrupted tomorrow and also on Saturday by RMT industrial action in a dispute with operators. This may affect some Transport for London services, such as the Elizabeth, Bakerloo and District Lines, which run on sections of the National Rail network.

Meanwhile, a ballot is in progress asking RMT members if they are willing to accept a new pay offer. Industrial action affecting Network Rail has been suspended.

ScotRail has confirmed that its services will not be affected by tomorrow’s strike on National Rail, because industrial action by Network Rail staff has been suspended. 
ScotRail service delivery director David Simpson said: ‘ScotRail services will operate as normal on Thursday, 16 March, following the suspension of planned strike action by RMT members of Network Rail. The dispute between the trade union and other train operators does not involve any ScotRail staff. We look forward to welcoming passengers to our services.’