Thousands of rail and subway workers have gone on strike in protest at wage disputes, job losses and their pensions. The options for commuters on strike days are limited, with only about every fifth train running
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There are limited options for thousands of London commuters today as Tube workers go on strike.
Around 50,000 Network Rail and 13 rail operators workers also quit as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) went on strike over what they saw as unsatisfactory pay, job losses and pension disputes.
Labor reacted scathingly to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, saying he had “not lifted a finger to resolve this dispute”.
Shapps said: “You [the public] know that this week’s rail strikes are the full responsibility of the unions.”
Options other than rail travel may not be ideal during a cost of living crisis. So which subway lines will be affected and how long will the strikes last?
Which tube lines are affected?
Tube lines affected by the strike include the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Central and Circle lines.
The full list is as follows:
- Bakerloo line
- circle line
- district line
- Hammersmith & City line
- anniversary line
- Metropolitan line
- Northern line
- Piccadilly line
- Victoria line
- Waterloo & City line
The Elizabeth Line and the London Overground will also experience severe disruption.
As of June 21, all subway lines will be affected, including the Overground and Elizabeth lines. Bus traffic and DLR will be heavily used as a result.
How long will the subway strikes last?
London Underground strikes take place June 21, but lines are affected until June 26.
Today, people are told to finish their journey by 6 p.m., while overground services run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
RMT strikes at Network Rail are scheduled for June 21, 23 and 25 and further action has been threatened. This has a knock-on effect on subway services.
Strikes by Aslef union workers will take place on Greater Anglia trains on 23 June and 2 July. For 13th and 14th July, Croydon Tramlink has been asked to take further action.
With other strikes looming in key sectors like education, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch warned of further unrest as “people can’t take it anymore”.
He said: “The dead hand of this Tory government is everywhere.
“As long as they don’t allow employers to negotiate freely, I can’t see that we’re going to find a solution to the problems that lie ahead.”
Shapps proposed new legislation to counter plans for more unrest, saying a new law could allow contract workers to cover for striking employees.
He told LBC radio: “We will change the law to ensure there can be a lot more flexibility. The law, sometimes referred to as an agency, is actually more about portability.
“This kind of modernization can be achieved if we cannot achieve it through agreement with the unions, by changing the law. And we’ll be changing the law quickly over the next month or two to make sure transferrable skills are allowed. “
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham criticized the proposal, citing the recent P&O scandal.
Graham said: “When P&O broke the law, this government gave them a slap on the wrists. When unions defend wages and jobs, they change the law.”
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