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RMT: Cuts to 'safety-critical' Tube jobs led us to strike

The RMT union said its members were forced to take industrial action as London Underground "have refused to move one inch" over ticket office closures and claimed the operator had breached an agreement the groups had previously reached through Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

Despite the spin from LU nothing that they are proposing is about 'modernisation'.

The current plans, closing every ticket office and axing nearly a thousand safety-critical jobs, is solely about massive austerity cuts driven centrally by David Cameron and his Government and implemented by Mayor Boris Johnson.

RMT could have recommended the suspension of this strike action if LU had responded positively to our proposal to halt the implementation of these savage cuts, stopping the dire impact they would have the length and breadth of London Underground.

– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash

Transport disruption hits London as tube strike begins

A 48-hour strike by London Underground workers began this morning, causing widespread disruption for commuters in the capital.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) started a 48-hour strike at 9pm last night over a long-running dispute about plans to close Tube ticket offices.

The RMT picket line at King's Cross Underground Station this morning. Credit: ITV News/Cheryl Smith

The union says the closure of ticket offices will cost hundreds of job losses and threaten safety, while LU says staff would be better employed on station concourses as only 3% of tickets are bought at ticket offices.

Normal underground services will resume tomorrow night at 9pm before a a three-day stoppage from 9pm next Monday.

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Boris Johnson slams 'union barons' over Tube strike

Boris Johnson has hit out at senior members of the RMT union over the 48-hour strike on London Underground.

The Mayor of London said the strike was only happening because some "union barons" were trying to "flex their muscles" in a bid to succeed former leader Bob Crow, who died in March.

Despite dozens of meetings over several months the RMT chose only on Friday to make fresh demands. It seems they are more interested in fighting over the leadership of the RMT than the interests of their members.

Commuters and businesses will suffer because a few narrow minded union barons are currently flexing their muscles in a fight for the leadership of a union where just 30% of members support a strike.

Women pictured eating on Tube 'urged to contact police'

Women who have been pictured eating on the underground and their images uploaded to a Facebook page have been urged to contact the British Transport Police, the Evening Standard reports.

Facebook page 'Women Who Eat on Tubes' is encouraging the public to upload pictures of women eating on the underground, which has caused a stir on social media.

The page said its 'subjects' are not 'intimidated or bullied' Credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor

Captions of what underground line they were on and what they were eating is also displayed.

The page states in its summary: "Subjects are embraced and cherished. We celebrate and encourage women eating food on tubes, we do not marginalise them. WWEOT is observational not judgmental. It doesn't intimidate nor bully."

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations Steve Burton has advised passengers:

"If any customer has concerns about such behaviour, believing there may be a sinister motive, they are advised to speak to our staff or the British Transport Police."

Please dial 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 if you need to contact the British Transport Police

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Boris thanks Londoners for their 'patience and stoicism'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has thanked Londoners for their "patience and stoicism" during what he called the "unnecessary" London Underground strike.

He also said he understood how frustrating it has been for commuters and hit out at the RMT and TSSA unions over the 48hr walkout.

London Mayor Boris Johnson travelled on the District Line this morning Credit: Press Association

"Rather than hurting hard-working Londoners and hard-pressed small businesses they should have been talking to TfL this week.

"If as they claimed yesterday Mr Crow and Mr Cortes are happy to embrace modernisation, new technology and change, then what on earth are they doing on strike when these changes do just that and involve no compulsory redundancies?

"They need to call off their strike and talk, not tomorrow, not tonight - right now."

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91% of regular Oyster customers travelled in rush hour

More commuters have braved the tube strike this morning with 91% of regular Oyster customers travelling in London. This compares with 86% who used their Oyster cards yesterday.

Reporting on how the Underground has performed so far today, Transport for London said:

  • Services operating on 9 of the 11 lines
  • Nearly 75 per cent of stations open
  • Some 91 per cent of regular Oyster customers have been travelling in London this morning
  • Barclays Cycle Hire journeys up 50 per cent for the second day
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