Subway strike causes travel ‘chaos’ for commuters returning to work after Platinum Jubilee weekend | UK News

People returning to work after the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend have faced travel ‘chaos’ as a subway strike caused major disruption.

london underground advised people not to travel, warning of a severe impact on the network from the start of service Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Some 4,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are taking industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pensions.

The 24-hour walkout caused problems for network passengers on the first working day after Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the four-day weekend.

Transport for London (TfL) said some rail services will operate but many stations, particularly those in central and south London, will be closed, while others will only be able to open for limited periods.

“Buses, DLR, London Overground, Elizabeth Line and trams are unaffected by the protest action and are operating as normal. However, they are busier than usual,” TfL tweeted.

Downing Street has condemned the “deeply disappointing” strike on the London Underground.

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‘This type of action is deeply disappointing and it’s not what the public wants to see, not what we want to see for businesses still trying to recover from the pandemic as people’s lives are disrupted in London’ , said the official spokesman for the Prime Minister.

“Obviously industrial relations at TfL (Transport for London) is a matter for TfL and the Mayor, but it is clear that under the current funding agreement TfL must take all reasonable steps to avoid industrial action . »

Construction worker Miguel Basantes was stuck at Paddington station as he tried to get to work in Hampstead.

The 54-year-old said the situation was “chaotic”.

He added: “In Liverpool Street there were crowds of people and I waited 20 or 30 minutes.

“I don’t know how to get to work. »

Indian restaurant worker Kundan Darla, 25, said: ‘I think it’s bad, I’m too late for work. »

Meanwhile, crowds of frustrated passengers gathered around the entrance to Waterloo station.

In a domino effect, the strike has caused delays on London’s roads, affecting passenger cars, commercial vehicles and buses.

People wait at a bus stop in London's Paddington as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union take industrial action in a dispute over jobs and pensions.  Picture date: Monday June 6, 2022.
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People waiting at a bus stop in Paddington

The level of road congestion was 71% at 8am, down from 64% a fortnight earlier, according to location technology firm TomTom.

The figures represent the proportion of additional time required for journeys compared to free-flow conditions.

Transport for London (TfL) said no plan had been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, insisting no one would lose their jobs because of the proposals it has put forward.

Under previous funding agreements, the government has required TfL to strive to achieve financial sustainability of its operations by April 2023.

TfL has offered not to recruit in around 500-600 positions as they become vacant.

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There were long queues for London buses

The RMT said that under the current proposals, working arrangements will be torn up and the looming threat to pensions remains in place.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We demand a direct face-to-face meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to settle this mess.

“There is no point in our union continuing to sit in front of management representatives who have neither the desire nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power belongs to the mayor. »

RMT members on the metro are also taking action apart from a strike, which means station staff may not work overtime until Sunday July 10, which could lead to station closures on short notice.

Elsewhere, mid-term holidaymakers faced more travel disruption after Jubilee weekend with British travelers stranded abroad due to flight cancellations.

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