9 July 2015
Tube drivers voted overwhelmingly in favour of today’s strike action.
The dispute arose over the plans to force tube drivers to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.
97.6 percent voted for strike action on a turnout of 81.3 percent, which gives a solid indication of how unpopular the plans are.
The strike action was incredibly successful, and was the biggest strike action in 13 years – bringing most tube lines to a standstill.
General Secretary of RMT Mick Cash said;
“The strike action on London Underground is rock solid across all lines, all grades and all depots and the unity and solidarity of the entire workforce, which has now brought London to a standstill, must force the tube bosses back to the negotiating table to address the issues at the heart of this dispute.
“That means an end to the attempt to bulldoze through new working patterns that would wreck work/life balance and leave staff in safety critical jobs burnt out and stressed out at a time when tube services are facing unprecedented demand. We’ve wasted three months in negotiations that failed to address staff concerns and it’s essential for London that there’s no repeat of that fiasco and that puts the ball firmly in LU’s court this morning”.