LONDON (AFP) – London’s underground Tube railway was suspended yesterday, the capital’s transport body said, as staff strike over fears of job cuts and pension changes due to a funding crisis.
“All tube lines are suspended,” a Transport for London spokesman told AFP, as the organisation urged commuters to work from home or use alternative public transport.
Members of the RMT transport trade union staged separate walkouts yesterday and will do so tomorrow as well in a bitter dispute that has sparked travel chaos, with knock-on effects also expected todayand on Friday.
The action comes as the British government handed TfL a new financial lifeline last week after Covid lockdowns shattered revenues.
The RMT warned that any spending cutbacks as a result of the deal will lead to hundreds of job losses, reductions in pensions and affected working conditions.