London strike to hit travellers next weekend

Employees on London’s trains plan two-day strike

Employees on London’s trains are planning a two-day strike over the long national holiday weekend, August 25-26. Thousands of holidaymakers are expected to suffer.

Conductors on the British capital’s train network have voted for a two-day strike for the Sunday and Monday. The rail union RMT said members would walk out over £5 million (€5.88 million) cost-cut plans by Transport for London to scrap 130 train guards and keep only a driver on London Overground services. The union says the plan puts thousands of travellers at risk.

The strike is planned for the British workers holiday Bank Holiday Monday, on the last Monday in August.

Plans to scrap the guards and conductors on the North London line have already sent shockwaves through the transportation industry and is clearly a foretaste of what is to come, says RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

Participants in the strike have been told not to show up for work between 12.01am on Sunday August 25 and 11.59pm on Monday August 26 – the same days as the Notting Hill Carnival.

Travel News / Travelmole

[pictured: Euston rail station; photo by Sunil Prasannan]


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