The Rail Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have announced a strike by London Underground workers next Tuesday 24th April. The strike will be for 72 hours and is over pensions and benefits.
The strike will cause widespread disruption to life in London even though its initially only workers on three lines, the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee lines.The workers provide a number of services, including emergency repairs, across the entire network and so all lines will be affected.
The workers voted 4-1 in favour of strike action. The strike will worry organisers of the London 2012 Olympics where such a strike could prove disastrous if it occurred during the games.
A spokesman for Tube Lines said the strike on the issue was "completely unnecessary". RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "This dispute is about justice and about ensuring that all groups of staff under the umbrella of LU receive the same rights and benefits, and our members have no choice but to strike to secure those basic rights.