Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), and Unite members will walk out at 18:30.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Despite strenuous efforts by union negotiators to press London Underground to address the issues of fairness, safety, work/life balance and equality at the heart of this dispute, they have come up with nothing in the talks”.
Mike Brown, the managing director of the London Underground, has argued that the all-night service would boost jobs and stimulate the city’s economy.
Thousands of workers launched a 24-hour walkout last night which will disrupt services until Friday morning.
“If that was you, I’d be furious, and I’d be furious on your behalf – and lots of people would be furious on your behalf, and they’d all be completely ignored by the mainstream media and called “communists” by the usual suspects”.
Commuters rushed home ahead of the start of the strike at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT) on Wednesday, as unions mounted picket lines outside stations and Transport for London (TfL) began reporting delays. The Guardian reported that the decision was made after Aslef union members voted for the action by an overwhelming 98 percent.
The motion, supported by other Labour MPs, expresses concern that the night Tube is being “rushed in” on the back of cuts to staffing and strains on the existing infrastructure.
“Whatever happens there will be no change in it. People can strike until they’re blue in the face. Workers are standing up for their rights”. On the same page, the main article states government estimates put the daily cost of a tube strike at £50 million a day, the price of four and a half Petr Cech’s or one Raheem Sterling (though the latter’s market value seems grossly inflated, in my opinion).
EPA Commuters board a train at Westminster Station in London.
But some saw the brighter side. Luckily for them, there did turn out to be a few tubes that were running on schedule.
“Providing real-time info on arrivals at every one of London’s 20,000 bus stops, and giving you a heads-up on any route disruption, Bus Checker is an invaluable resource – especially when the tube is down”.
Sam England’s Twitter video shows.
A commuter’s rant about the (unsurprisingly) anti-worker coverage of the tube strike by the Evening Standard.
The Underground strike is scheduled to end today at 9:30 p.m.
“Another favourite among Londoners, Uber lets you order a private hire auto to your location, track your driver’s progress and pay for it through the app. However, during high demand periods – such as a tube strike – Uber’s “surge pricing” policy means it can be rather pricey, so be sure to check this beforehand.” What was your commute like? It is exactly that damage which makes tube strikes, and to greater and lesser extents, all strikes effective.