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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2010

London Underground: Action biting against job cuts

Seven Sisters London Underground RMT and TSSA members strike, photo Paul Mattsson

Seven Sisters London Underground RMT and TSSA members strike, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The overtime ban on London Underground is beginning to bite. In the last few days some stations have closed, including Charing Cross which had to be closed for 20 minutes over the weekend.

Reg Johnstone

RMT and TSSA's strike on 6-7 September was rock solid on every line. Even on the Northern Line only a special Sunday service ran. But the management gave the impression that a full service was running.

Well over 100 stations were closed and on a number of lines management were running trains through a series of unstaffed stations, a health and safety risk.

RMT and TSSA members at Finsbury Park London Underground on strike, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT and TSSA members at Finsbury Park London Underground on strike, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

At Belsize Park station on the Northern Line, they told people that the station was open. But when passengers got off the train they were horrified to find they had to go up 219 steps. This included many patients visiting the nearby hospital.

Both unions being out on strike was historic and the mood amongst the workforce is very strong. There is also a growing realisation that there has to be a wider struggle for jobs, involving other trade unions and the community. This is not a strike for more money, it is a strike for keeping the number of staff needed to run a safe service for staff and passengers.

Even the overtime ban shows that they can't run the service on the numbers working now, let alone with the 800 jobs they want to cut.

The next tube strike is due to begin on 3 October.

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