Thousands of London Underground staff are to strike and stage two 24-hour strikes next month amid pay, conditions and jobs.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said that on the 1 and 3 March around 10,000 of their members are to strike.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “Our members will be taking strike action next month because a financial crisis at LU has been deliberately engineered by the Government to drive a cuts agenda which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten their working conditions and pensions.
“These are the very same transport staff praised as heroes for carrying London through Covid for nearly two years, often at serious personal risk, who now have no option but to strike to defend their livelihoods.
“The politicians need to wake up to the fact that transport staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.
“In addition to the strike action, RMT is co-ordinating a campaign of resistance with colleagues from other unions impacted by this threat.”
Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said, “It is extremely disappointing that the RMT has today announced strike action, as no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have set out.
“The devastating impact of the pandemic on TfL finances has made a programme of change urgently necessary and we need the RMT to work with us, rather than disrupting London’s recovery.
“We’re urging them to do the right thing for London, talk to us and call off this unnecessary action.”