RMT Union Announces Five Days Of Strike Action

London Underground staff to walk out over proposed Tube ticket office closures

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Members will walk out from 21:00 BST on 28 April for two days and again from the same time on 5 May for three days. The row is about the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices and 960 job cuts. London Underground (LU) wants to introduce a 24-hour Tube service at weekends from 2015 and have more staff visible on platforms.

Widespread disruption was caused in February when Tube workers took strike action for one day. A second day was postponed so talks could take place.

At the time, the unions, RMT and TSSA, said London Underground had agreed to hold two months of talks, which would include a station-by-station review of the ticket office closures.

The first two days of strike action will take place ahead of a May Day event in memory of former RMT leader Bob Crow, who died of a suspected heart attack on 11 March, aged 52. He was prominent in the talks to avert a second strike earlier this year.

The event will also be in remembrance of Tony Benn, the politician and campaigner who died several days after Mr Crow.

LU said its proposals would see "unparalleled levels of face-to-face customer service, as seen during the London 2012 Games".

April 18, 2014