Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

24-Hour Strikes over Job Cuts to Cause Chaos for Tube Travellers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

24-Hour Strikes over Job Cuts to Cause Chaos for Tube Travellers

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Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent

TUBE unions are planning to bring the Underground to a standstill in a series of walkouts over job cuts.

Commuters have been warned they face 24-hour strikes every month unless bosses abandon plans to axe 800 station staff.

RMT leader Bob Crow and TSSA general secretary Gerry Doherty will outline a timetable for industrial action at a joint meeting tomorrow.

The first 24-hour strike will start at midnight on September 6, causing huge disruption for hundreds of thousands of Londoners and MPs returning to work after their summer holidays. A ban on overtime will also mean major delays.

Strikes will take place each month until Mayor Boris Johnson withdraws a plan to cut staff and reduce ticket office opening hours at more than 250 stations across the network, unions said. Transport for London has insisted savings must be found and said there will be no compulsory redundancies, saying jobs will go as a result of natural wastage. …

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