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The drivers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) have gone on strike, which of course, makes problems for the Tube across London. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Lewisham, a tree falls over at Goodge Street or something.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are doing a 48-hour walkout which kicked off at 4am, and passengers are being switched over to London Underground services where applicable.
Or, if you think you can walk it, have a look at this map below which shows you the distances between Tubes when doing it on foot.
So why the strike?
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on DLR are rock-solid in their action this morning and I want to pay tribute to their unity and determination as they fight to defend safe operational practices and the basic principles of workplace justice.”
“Pickets have been out in force and it’s now time for KeolisAmey to recognise the sheer strength of feeling on the shop floor and to get round the table for meaningful talks that address the raft of serious issues at the heart of this dispute. The disruption caused by the shutdown of DLR this morning is entirely down to the intransigence of the management and now it’s time for them to stop the posturing and start talking.”
Rory O’Neill, Transport for London’s director of DLR, said: “We are disappointed that strike action called by the RMT leadership is causing disruption to DLR customers. The only way to resolve their dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands, who operate the DLR on our behalf, is through meaningful discussion rather than unnecessary strike action.”
“We have put on extra buses, on existing bus routes, that operate along the DLR route and staff will also be available to help. Other TfL services are operating but will be busier than normal particularly at key interchanges with the DLR network. We ask customers who are able to, to consider avoiding the busiest times if they can.”
The staff there have said they’re going to walk, after what they called a campaign of ‘bullying, harassment and intimidation’ by Transport for London. Roughly 70% of the RMT union members gave their support to the decision.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said today that the “anger on the shop floor is reflected in massive votes for action.”
He added: “The wholesale abuse of procedures and agreements by management on the Piccadilly Line is rife and amounts to the development of a campaign of bullying, harassment and intimidation that the union will not allow to continue. The combined weight of these issues has built up to a comprehensive and fundamental collapse in industrial relations that the company have done nothing to address leaving RMT with no option but to ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike.”
There’s no date set for the strike as yet, but we’ll keep you informed, as per.
The RMT union has suspended the strikes they were due to hold next week on the 8th and 10th of September. This is thanks to the postponing of the Night Tube. This is good news for those wanting to travel to the England qualifier.
They said: “As the implementation of night Tube has been suspended until we reach agreement and we are continuing discussions and negotiations on all related matters, RMT has suspended the strike action called for September 8 and 10.”
“However we remain in dispute and all industrial action called to not co-operate with Night Tube at local level including modelling and trials remains in place.”
“If further negotiations prove negative then further industrial action will be called in defence of our agreements and for proper pay for our members.”
It seems like some small progress is being made, as a couple of strikes in August were also called off by the unions.
This is great news for people visiting and living in London, as the situation in the city was pretty chaotic when unions held two 24-hour strikes in July, which saw the Tube closing completely.
The two 24-hour Tube strikes that were planned for this week have been called off. Unions and London Underground managers have been in talks over the dispute regarding the Night Tube, and the Unite union said that action has been postponed as a “gesture of goodwill”.
There’ll be further talks. And potentially, there’ll be further strikes too. If talks break down again, then the Tube strike will take place on 8th and 10th September.
A Unite officer, Hugh Roberts, said that there were some “remaining sticking points”, but for now, enough progress has been made in talks, so that industrial action can be suspended. He added that he now hopes that Underground management would “seize this opportunity to reach a deal that fully addresses our members’ concerns”.
The new strike dates are interesting though, as they’re just two days before the Night Tube is supposed to kick off. It is fair to assume that the Night Tube won’t be happening on those dates.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “I would urge the unions to continue with positive discussions that will help to deliver a night Tube service that will bring huge benefits to our city.”
General secretary of the RMT union, Mick Cash, said: “We have still not reached a final agreement and as a result we are putting on additional strike action next month.”
There’s a planned strike on the Tube next week and, if we’ve learned anything from the previous ones, it is this – people outside of London will find it very, very difficult to care, and that the press will report on it all with words like ‘CHAOS!’ and ‘CARNAGE!’, like it is a Godzilla movie or something.
So, if you’re outside of London and don’t care, watch this funny video instead. For those inside the capital, or planning a visit, here’s some news.
Transport for London has issued a warning to commuters, saying that they’re going to face four days of madness and disruption on the Tube. This is all dependant on whether or not the strike happens, but really, we all know that it will almost certainly go ahead.
TfL has stated that Tube services will be affected between Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th August, with the first strike running for 24 hours from 9pm on August 25th, and the second for another 24 hours from 9pm on the August 27th.
Of course, those who work on the buses (why would they strike? We know it’s a great life on the buses – there’s nothing like you’ll agree), DLR, the trams, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and the river services won’t be striking.
A TfL spokesperson said: “These services will operate as normal but they will be much busier than usual, especially during peak hours, between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 August. Roads and National Rail services and terminals will also be much busier. We will run whatever Tube services we can on those four days, based on the staff that sign into their shifts. All customers are advised to allow more time for their journeys.”
“Extra bus and river services will run to help Londoners get around and roadworks will be suspended wherever possible. Additional Santander Cycles hubs will be in place at key central London locations to make cycling an easier option.”
If you were looking forward to the Tube’s night service, then firstly, have you missed all the strikes that have been going on? And secondly, the service will be delayed, thanks to the aforementioned strikes.
It was supposed to be arriving in London in September, but that doesn’t look likely now as it will be pushed back.
The plan was to have a night service was going to be on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern Lines, but not now. There’s been conspiracy theories doing the rounds that the powers that be weren’t ever ready for this service and certainly didn’t have the money to see it through, so the strikes that have been taking place have been a very useful way of covering that up. However, they’re conspiracies, and they’re always meant to be taken with a vat of salt.
As for the strikes themselves, one union, Aslef, have said that their drivers won’t be joining the new strikes from 6.30pm on August 25th and August 27th. That’s not to say they won’t change their minds – this week’s talks went straight to deadlock, with further meetings to be had with the bosses of London Underground expected later on this week.
If they fail, then you can expect that Aslef members will be joining those from RMT, TSSA and Unite unions, who are most certainly striking in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday.
And it is coming much sooner than you think.
Tube workers will stage two strikes over the continuing dispute over pay deals and the night Tube. The RMT union have said that 24-hour walkouts will kick-off at 21:00 BST on Tuesday 25th August and at 21:00 on Thursday 27th August.
That’s going to be tantamount to three days of disruption for commuters. There’s going to be some fraught patience from some London dwellers, but of course, the whole point of strikes is to be an inconvenience, in a bid to make the powers that be listen. One of the major sticking points is how bosses aren’t prepared to meet unions face-to-face about all this.
The unions have announced that staff are going to walk out again, in a bid to get a correct deal reached. Four unions, including The RMT union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), Unite and Aslef, have so far taken part in two rounds of industrial action.
Today, the union leaders are to reconvene talks with the big-wigs of the London Underground. Basically, no-one can come to an agreement about the conditions being offered as part of the new Night Tube, which of course, is all set to kick-off on September 12th.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has accused the unions of ‘holding a gun’ to Londoners’ heads, while the Tube staff unions are saying they just want a fair deal and that the rotas which have been drawn up for the new Night Tube were “from hell”, and would disrupt the work-life balance of staff.
General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, says: “It is time for Boris Johnson to stop the posturing and start talking. This latest stunt of writing to all tube staff just confirms that he is calling the shots on Night Tube from top to bottom and doesn’t understand the fury he has unleashed across all grades, depots and lines.”
“The continued refusal of the London Mayor to have any direct contact with the transport unions, despite the fact that he is clearly in charge of the tube dispute, is a ludicrous way to deal with a crisis that has developed on his watch.”
“The appeal direct to the tube workforce ignores the anger and concerns of nearly 20,000 union members, reflected in massive votes in successive ballots, and will just inflame the situation.”
Union leaders said that the planned Tube strike will go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday 5th August), with services shut down for 24 hours.
Aslef said that the latest contracts offered by London Underground was rejected, with its members walking out from 9.30pm.
Aslef officer Finn Brennan said: “We genuinely regret the disruption this will cause, but the blame for this must rest with the pig-headed determination of the mayor to insist on a September 12 launch of night Tube instead of allowing more time for a negotiated settlement to be reached.”
“The main concern is the complete lack of firm commitments on work life balance for train drivers. Our members want guarantees on the number of weekend rest days they will have under both the interim and long term arrangements for night Tube. Vague phrases like “will seek to mitigate” and “will explore” are simply unconvincing.”
Members of other unions are due to strike from 6.30pm on Wednesday, which means carnage at rush hour. Again, here’s the Bitterwallet guide to getting around London during a Tube strike, so you can at least try and make alternative plans.
The buses, DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail aren’t on strike, but as you can imagine, they’re going to be much, much busier than usual. There’ll be extra river services put on too.
The RMT aren’t happy with the latest offer, saying that reps were ‘furious’ when they looked at the deal. General secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have made it clear that the latest offer from London Underground is merely a rehash of the previous package and does nothing to tackle the core issue which revolves around staff being at the beck and call of management to be hauled in during their free time to try and plug the staffing gaps which riddle the mayor’s night Tube vanity project.”
“The night Tube plan has been botched from the off. The basics haven’t been done and those who will pay for this shambles will not only be our members but the London daily travelling public who cough up a fortune and who will find their safety and the reliability of the service compromised from September 12 onwards.”
Well, they’re going to be at it again, with another round of Tube strikes being announced, which will kick off on August 5th, according to the Aslef and Unite unions. Drivers will be walking out from 9.30pm for 24 hours.
Of course, Bitterwallet told them about the others ways they can get around the capital, including a boat which we think you can drink booze on, so they really shouldn’t complain too much.
If you’ve missed out on all this, because you have been asleep for a month, or indeed, just don’t care, the strikes surround pay and working hours on the new Night Tube service, set to be a thing from September 12th. Of course, some conspiracy theorists believe that the Government don’t actually have the money to run the night service, and this is all a big ruse to avoiding having to do it.
Finn Brennan, from Aslef, said last week: “Today our members will be on the picket lines along with our colleagues and friends in Unite, RMT and TSSA. We are here because London Underground management refused to deal seriously with the issues at the heart of this dispute and resolve them.”
“They wasted the opportunity to resolve this dispute without a strike. The blame for the disruption caused by the strike rests squarely with London Underground management.”
There’s more talks due, which means this strike might not go ahead, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
London Underground has launched their official map which shows which stations will operate 24-hour services, over the weekends from September onward.
Of course, this follows the news that all the drivers are going on strike over pay and working conditions, which is nice. Members of ASLEF will be on strike for 24 hours from 9.30pm on 8 July.
Here’s the new map.
Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development for London Underground, says that this night service is a “historic step in our modernisation of the Underground”.
He added: “The Night Tube map shows our customers exactly when and where they can use this landmark service, which will make their late night journeys quicker and easier than ever before. As well making life easier for people, the Night Tube will also boost London’s night-time economy – supporting thousands of jobs and stimulating hundreds of millions of pounds in economic growth.”
If you want to see a larger version of the map, click here.
The union for the Tube drivers, Aslef, has overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking the 24-hour action on Tuesday, 8 July, objecting to plans which mean drivers would have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts, all for no extra pay.
As you may know, the Tube is going 24 hour at weekends from September.
Finn Brennan, Aslef’s district organiser, said: “There is a window of opportunity for London Underground managers to avoid a summer of disruption by seriously engaging with us to find a solution. They need to withdraw the threat to impose new rosters and make a realistic offer on pay and conditions.”
“We are always prepared to talk, but they have to start listening to this very clear message from their staff.”
“Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work/life balance. We aren’t opposed to all-night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.”
If you’re flying from Heathrow next week, be aware – members of the RMT are planning to walk out at 3am on April 29th for 48 hours. It’s all down to a fight between the London Underground and the RMT over a so-called ‘toxic’ reorganisation of the workforce, (ie, replacing humans with MACHINES) which could threaten 953 jobs – 200 of which concern Heathrow Express staff.
Heathrow Express are trying to resolve the dispute, but if RMT staff walk out, they reckon they have what it takes to deal with staff shortages and keep trains running. Trying to keep the panic out of his press release, Heathrow Express MD Keith Greenfield said:
‘A strike is not the answer. It will increase costs when we are trying to reduce them, taking us further away from what we need to do to secure our business for the future. However… we have a robust contingency plan that will enable us to run regular trains for as long as any industrial action lasts.’
Meanwhile, the RMT have confirmed a five day tube strike, starting on April 28th until April 30th, then again between May 5th and May 8th.
So if you’re Heathrow bound, you could take the risk that the trains are running. Or you might want to reconsider your plans, or bring a sturdy pair walking boots. Or a skateboard. Or a jetpack. Or just stay in bed until the middle of May – which would be easier.
The London Underground is famous for being well, a bit wonky. And in that particularly quaint British way, it shuts early, leaving you stranded in the middle of town and at the mercy of a minicab that costs £30 no matter where you want to go.
But all that is going to change – plans are afoot to make the tube a 24hr service at weekends, and TfL says it’s going to get rid of ticket offices – with the loss of 750 jobs. But it’s OK, because they’ll deploy some remaining staff in the stations! (So they can get stabbed more easily).
TfL reckon the move will be ‘better for customers’ as well as saving £40million a year. They’re talking about Wifi and Contactless payment points and more visible staff. The RMT don’t really see it that way, however – they prefer to call it ‘a lethal programme of cuts.’
News of a 24 hour tube is bound to go down well with passengers, and Boris is using his most eloquent Olympics-style rhetoric to hide the fact that people are losing their jobs and that TfL has had its budget reduced by £78million this year and next.
‘For 150 years, the Tube has been the beating heart of London,’ he said, in his best Churchill voice. ‘Its tunnels and tracks providing the arteries that have transported millions of people and helped to drive the development and economic growth of our great city.’
London Underground has announced a 90 day consultation, but first they’re all going to have to get past RMT leader Bob Crow– and he’s a big lad who is NOT happy.
‘The mayor must believe he is some sort of magician if he thinks he can slash a thousand jobs and still run safe services, when everyone knows that staffing has already been cut to the bone while passenger demand continues to rise. Throwing in the plan for night time operation at the weekends is just a smokescreen to try and camouflage the real issue, which is a savage cuts to jobs, access and safety.’
The unions say they will fight the plans. Meanwhile, passengers will probably be delighted to get home after the pub…