Tube strikes: 24-hour London Underground strike announced for day after Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend


A trade union is planning a strike on the London Underground on June 6 – the day after the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. It is predicted that thousands of staff will strike, causing chaos for Londoners returning to work after a weekend of celebrations in recognition of The Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

The RMT has also introduced an overtime ban on workers over the same weekend . Planned strike action will begin at midnight and last for a full 24 hours.

It comes as the union continues to clash with Transport for London (TfL) over an ongoing pension dispute, as well as concerns over up to 600 jobs being lost within the organisation, which could lead to a strain on the remaining workers.

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London buses were overwhelmed by passengers back in March, when two 24-hour Tube strikes caused chaos in the capital

Back in March, two 24-hour strikes wreaked havoc on the city’s public transport network, losing TfL more than £13 million, while around 200 stations were forced to close. It is predicted that most stations in Zone 1 will close as a result of the upcoming strike on June 6.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said to the Evening Standard : “We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has announced unnecessary strike action on June 6 and share Londoners’ frustrations that this, and the linked action short of strike, has been designed to disrupt the Jubilee weekend.”

The transport boss also added that it is ‘surprising’ that the union is taking such action during a time of celebration, due to the fact that ‘nobody will lose their jobs as a result of proposals’. He added: “If the RMT chooses to go ahead with this unnecessary action, we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption and ensure everyone can still make the most of the capital throughout the Jubilee weekend.”

Amid an ongoing cost of living crisis, Tube staff are currently receiving an 8.4 per cent pay rise, which is below inflation, currently at 9%. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said last week that any strike action over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend would ‘send the wrong message’. The RMT Union has been approached for comment.

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