Passengers warned of severe disruption as staff plan walkout before Christmas

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to stage a 48-hour walkout, starting on 14 September

Passengers warned of severe disruption as staff plan walkout before Christmas

Train users in London are being warned of severe disruption this autumn as a series of industrial action looms over the London Underground.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are set to stage a 48-hour walkout, starting on 14 September.

The union said staff want an end to practices that leave them open to staff abuse and bullying from managers, including power cuts to match transport timetables, and being forced to “stand idly by” to allow customers through at crowded stations.

The strike is set to coincide with the Christmas holidays.

A separate strike will take place on 14 December, followed by three subsequent days of action on 19, 20 and 21 December.

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A RMT statement said the union was left with no option but to escalate action after a string of talks with the Transport for London (TfL) and LU administration failed to resolve the dispute.

The union said further industrial action was planned after a 30-day consultation with its members.

The strike comes at a difficult time for TfL, which is managing the Olympic Park complex while the contractor Thames Water reinstates the final leg of the sewerage network after subsidence and repairs.

TfL has previously said the two tube strikes this year so far have cost it around £16m.

TfL said it regretted the RMT’s decision to call further strike action and warned that the impact on passengers would be “very serious indeed”.

It added: “By calling a second 48-hour strike RMT is taking passengers down a dangerous road and continuing to put the safety of their own staff at risk.”

On the tube strikes for 2017 1st 23 March – 4.44am-6.19pm 2nd 30 March – 7.45am-3.59pm 3rd 30 March – 7.45am-3.59pm 4th 7 March – 2.41am-7.31pm

5th 2 April – 8.15am-8.44pm

6th 12 April – 10.30am-6.18pm 7th 18 April – 5.42am-7.24pm 8th 18 April – 6.02am-6.48pm 9th 18 April – 5.38am-8.18pm

10th 17 April – 6.19am-5.56pm 11th 29 April – 5.42am-7.17pm 13th 12 May – 5.41am-7.44pm

14th 14 September – 3.59pm-5.59pm

15th 14 September – 9.30am-3.15pm

16th 14 September – 4.25pm-4.39pm

17th 14 September – 9.30am-5.15pm

18th 14 September – 7.39pm-7.59pm

19th 14 September – 3.59pm-4.11pm

20th 17 September – 7.48pm-6.59pm

21st 14 September – 6.02am-5.55pm

The union has also added serious industrial action to its negotiations with Tube workers.

An RMT statement said: “The spectre of a second one-day strike over Christmas and New Year is clear for everyone to see. The unions have the support of Londoners and want to resolve this dispute.”

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