London Underground is unlikely to continue running for most of next week. RMT union members go on strike to demand higher wages. Final negotiations with the employer that could have prevented the action yielded no results.
Industrial action officially begins on Friday when maintenance staff stop working. The greatest impact is expected after other colleagues joined the strike on Sunday evening. It is expected that there will likely not be any subways running for several days after that.
Transport for London, which is responsible for public transport in the British capital, warned of the possibility of disruptions on lines other than the London Underground. This relates to the so-called Elizabeth Line, Overground and DLR.
The conflict revolves around the 5 percent wage increase offered by the employer. According to angry Metro employees, this amount is too little because the company's executives will receive larger pay increases.
RMT also announced a strike in October. This action was canceled at the last minute. At that time it was not about higher wages, but about jobs and working conditions.
Unions in the UK have organized numerous protests and strikes since inflation began to rise in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Most of these wage disputes have now been settled, but not all. Earlier this week, thousands of junior doctors left their jobs due to the stalling of negotiations with the government over their salaries.
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