London Underground workers announce strike action

London Underground workers announce strike action

London Underground workers announce strike action

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

London Underground workers are planning five days of strike action over Tube ticket office closures, the RMT Union has announced.

The row is about the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices and 960 job cuts.

Members will walk out from 9pm on April 28 for two days and again from the same time on May 5 for three days.

This is the second time workers will strike, after walking out in February over the same issues.

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11:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Oxhey-Moron says...

In all seriousness, I can't remember the last time I used a ticket office at a train station. The machines are almost more polite than the staff anyway...
In all seriousness, I can't remember the last time I used a ticket office at a train station. The machines are almost more polite than the staff anyway... Oxhey-Moron
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3:09pm Sat 19 Apr 14

cameluk says...

We should all be standing up and fighting the closure of ticket offices, but being British we just roll over and let them do what they like

The ticket machines are temperamental at the best of times and offer no assistance in getting advice on the best way to travel
We should all be standing up and fighting the closure of ticket offices, but being British we just roll over and let them do what they like The ticket machines are temperamental at the best of times and offer no assistance in getting advice on the best way to travel cameluk
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8:47pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Keefer says...

Imagine getting off an almost empty train at midnight in Chorleywood, Watford, Chesham Amersham et al and being followed by a weirdo, no station staff in sight and you get harassed\mugged or worse by said weirdo

That's when we'll miss station staff the most. We can't let them get away with this or they'll continue making cuts that affect our safety and security which won't be realised until it's too late.
Imagine getting off an almost empty train at midnight in Chorleywood, Watford, Chesham Amersham et al and being followed by a weirdo, no station staff in sight and you get harassed\mugged or worse by said weirdo That's when we'll miss station staff the most. We can't let them get away with this or they'll continue making cuts that affect our safety and security which won't be realised until it's too late. Keefer
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4:34pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Passengers moan about the increasing cost of travelling and yet resist steps to cut costs when technology overtakes manpower. I think the last time I used a ticket office was when I bought my first Oyster card several years ago. Since then I just top it up at the machine from time to time and there's no need for a ticket office. Open access stations in suburban areas are a commonplace across continental Europe, so why not here?
Passengers moan about the increasing cost of travelling and yet resist steps to cut costs when technology overtakes manpower. I think the last time I used a ticket office was when I bought my first Oyster card several years ago. Since then I just top it up at the machine from time to time and there's no need for a ticket office. Open access stations in suburban areas are a commonplace across continental Europe, so why not here? Wacko Jacko
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5:43pm Sun 20 Apr 14

TRT says...

The proposed changes are not just about ticket office closures. The changes to grades means that control room staff will be moved or done away with, supervisors will be expected to look after three or four stations each (only supervisors are licensed for certain safety critical procedures, and if the service is disrupted how are they expected to get between stations quickly?), unlicensed grades are being introduced at some stations at a far lower pay than anything else, the flattening of the staffing structure will stall promotion on stations for the next 15 years, the way pay downgrading is being handled will rob people of part of their pensions (and I do mean rob as they will have contributed to a pot which they will only be entitled to benefits from a lesser portion of), there will be a vast increase in the number of single worked stations putting staff and passengers safety at risk, there's no plan yet for how the cash will be collected and accounted for from the machines (it's currently done on a station by station basis by the ticket office staff), there's no consideration to just how much maintenance these machines require and who will do it and who will be paid to do it (these machines require routine maintenance two or three times a day at a busy station - restocking with paper and card stock, coin collection, change redistribution, jams in the paper and coin sections etc)
Not only that but the management are riding rough shod over previous agreements with the unions and passenger groups and deliberately provoking extreme responses from the unions in an attempt to sway public sympathy against unions in general and thus erode the hard won rights of the British worker. If you don't believe the last one, just watch how quickly Crumeron and his Cronie Crew legislate to ban strikes by transport worker unions and beyond, as soon as they reckon they've got public sympathy on their side.
The proposed changes are not just about ticket office closures. The changes to grades means that control room staff will be moved or done away with, supervisors will be expected to look after three or four stations each (only supervisors are licensed for certain safety critical procedures, and if the service is disrupted how are they expected to get between stations quickly?), unlicensed grades are being introduced at some stations at a far lower pay than anything else, the flattening of the staffing structure will stall promotion on stations for the next 15 years, the way pay downgrading is being handled will rob people of part of their pensions (and I do mean rob as they will have contributed to a pot which they will only be entitled to benefits from a lesser portion of), there will be a vast increase in the number of single worked stations putting staff and passengers safety at risk, there's no plan yet for how the cash will be collected and accounted for from the machines (it's currently done on a station by station basis by the ticket office staff), there's no consideration to just how much maintenance these machines require and who will do it and who will be paid to do it (these machines require routine maintenance two or three times a day at a busy station - restocking with paper and card stock, coin collection, change redistribution, jams in the paper and coin sections etc) Not only that but the management are riding rough shod over previous agreements with the unions and passenger groups and deliberately provoking extreme responses from the unions in an attempt to sway public sympathy against unions in general and thus erode the hard won rights of the British worker. If you don't believe the last one, just watch how quickly Crumeron and his Cronie Crew legislate to ban strikes by transport worker unions and beyond, as soon as they reckon they've got public sympathy on their side. TRT
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