On Tuesday London Underground workers have gone on strike crippling Tube services for thousands of commuters.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members have walked out for 24 hours in a bitter dispute over jobs, pensions and conditions
The whole of the underground was suspended during rush hour forcing many people to go home as they could not get work.
TfL chief operating officer Andy Lord said, “We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out, so this action is completely unnecessary.
“We know our customers deserve better than this and that is why we’re urging the RMT to talk to us so we can find a resolution to this dispute and call off this action, which is threatening London’s recovery from the pandemic.
“I’d like to apologise to customers whose journeys have been disrupted today. There is currently a high level of disruption to Tube services with no service across most of the network as a result of the RMT’s strike action.
“I’d urge customers whose journeys normally rely on the Tube to work from home if they can, consider alternative modes of transport and to check before they travel, leaving extra time for essential journeys.”
A spokesman for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the strikes will cause disruption to Londoners and businesses.
They added, “It will also damage TfL’s revenues at a time when TfL is already under huge financial strain due to the pandemic.
“TfL are working to mitigate the impact of the strikes but disruption is inevitable.”
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “Sadiq Khan should be standing up to Tory ministers who want to needlessly attack jobs, pensions and conditions of key transport workers.
“It is this political failure that has left Tube workers with no choice but to strike this week.
“Our members have been left paying the price for a turf war between City Hall and the government and they are not having it, as can be seen right across London today.”
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