Threat of strikes on the Tube increases after strike ballot

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices.

Union claims of safety threat over ticket office closures

It was the Mayor who came into office in 2008 with a firm pledge to keep open every ticket office on the grounds of keeping passengers safe and secure at all times.

Now he wants to scrap the lot, claiming there will be no problems because he will keep staff on station platforms, those that keep their jobs, that is.

He wants to scrap permanent station supervisors who are in charge of evacuations and replace them with mobile supervisors who will travel from station to station.

But he will not answer the question: 'How mobile can you be if all lines are in lockdown because of an emergency and nothing is moving whatsoever?"'.

– Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary

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Threat of Tube strikes increases as second union announces strike ballot

The threat of strikes on London Underground over plans to close ticket offices has increased after a second union announced a ballot for industrial action.

The TSSA gave London Underground seven days notice of a ballot which will start on January 17 and end on January 27 Credit: Press Association

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.