Following the 90% majority vote for Tube walk outs, two dates have been announced for strikes by Tube Lines maintenance workers. Staff will not report for work between 19.00 hours on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 and 18.59 on Friday 25th June 2010. The second strike will be from 19.00 hours on Wednesday 14th July to 18.59 hours on Friday 16th July. Although Tube Lines only covers the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee Lines, the RMT say the strikes will have "severe consequences" across the entire London Underground system.
RMT leader Bob Crow said "We have given TfL, and their newly-acquired subsidiary Tube Lines, plenty of opportunity to give us assurances that staff won't take the hit for the failure of the privatisation project.
"They have failed to give us those assurances, leaving us with absolutely no option but to announce these strike dates to protect both our members and the safety of the travelling public."
Good news if you support Brazil, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia, Italy, Portugal, Ivory Coast and Korea as they're all playing afternoon matches in the World Cup on the 24th and 25th June! You might be able to use it as an excuse to "work from home".
As yet Transport for London have made no comment on the proposed strikes.
Update - RMT have now announced a three day walk out on the DLR in a row about pay. It will co-incide with the June strike and start on the 23rd June
RBob Crow said: "Our members will not be bullied by management into taking on more work without being properly compensated."
The DLR members work for Serco, which called their demand "opportunistic"