BREAKING: TSSA members vote for Tube strike
TSSA members have voted to strike over safety concerns on London Underground.
On a 100% turnout, workers voted 67.7% for strike action and 91.9% for action short of a strike.
The vote comes a day after ASLEF members voted for strike action on Southern Rail on December 13th, 14th and 16th, and between January 9th and 14th, with RMT members already taking strike action on the Tube on December 6th, 7th and 8th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th and December 31st to January 2nd.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said “Our industrial action ballot is not a localised matter for Londoners, it should concern everyone in Britain who comes to London or has relatives in our capital city because this is not a dispute about wages, it’s our members being prepared to take part in a strike to let the world know that the Tube they are using is not fit for safe purpose.
“Our customer service assistants are overwhelmingly trying to warn the public that the Tube they use is not safe. We no longer have enough staff, enough evacuation trained staff, enough CCTV monitoring staff and not enough staff to staff stations effectively.
“Our members will as a last resort go on strike to safeguard passengers. They are prepared to forego wages and risk media and management wrath to let the public know that our capital’s Tube is no longer safe enough. This strike vote must not be dismissed as mindless-militant action. Instead it’s an act of desperation by mindful and public-spirited customer service assistants at their absolute best by putting passenger safety before anything else.”
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