Why are tube drivers always on strike?

Tube drivers have threatened to walk out later this month when the Night Tube service is due to restart. The overnight service has been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Rail, Maritime, and Transport union (RMT) said its members will stage a series of strikes in a dispute over staffing.

When was the last underground strike?


Status Start Notes
Planned 2014-05-05 18:30 BST (?)
Planned 2014-05-05 21:00 BST (?)
Cancelled 2016-12-24 85% voted for strike action and 94% for action short of a strike in the ballot. Called off on 22 December 2016.
Completed 2017-01-08 1800 GMT In response to the cutting of 900 station jobs.

When was the last TfL strike?

Beginning at one minute past midnight on 3 March and continuing until one minute to midnight last night, the walkout by RMT union members affected all London Underground lines. Although the strike is officially over, many Tube lines are still being affected this morning, with the majority reporting delays.

Why are the Tube workers striking?

“Our members will be taking strike action next month because a financial crisis at LUL 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,” said RMT general secretary Mick Lynch in February.

Do Tube strikers get paid?

TUBE drivers who have voted to strike are on pay and benefits worth more than £80,000, the Daily Express can reveal. The highest-paid worker enjoyed a package of £81,434.05 including £58,000 basic pay, £13,000 pension and £9,000 worth of travel season tickets.

How often are there Tube strikes?

Overnight strikes by drivers are taking place on the Central and Victoria lines. There are overnight strikes on the Central and Victoria lines every Friday and Saturday until Sunday 19 June 2022.

How often are Tube strikes?

When are the Tube strikes? The strikes begin at one minute past midnight on both 1 and 3 March (Tuesday and Thursday) and end at one minute to midnight on both days.

What is Tube strike about?

So what is the strike about? In short, the RMT are fighting against what they say is a potential threat to jobs and pensions for staff members following a planned scheme to save huge amounts of money on the London Underground.

When was the Tube strike announced?

Two full days of Tube strikes have been announced by the transport workers’ trade union the RMT. Some 10,000 members of the organisation who work on the Tube have been told to walk out on 1 and 3 March.

How many hours a week do Tube drivers work?

What hours do tube drivers work and how much holiday do they get? Drivers will typically work a 36-hour working week and have 43 days annual leave, including bank holidays. Shifts can begin as early as 4.45am and end as late as 1.30am.

How hard is it to become a tube driver?

The answer is simple but the process to actually step into the cab and whizz through London’s tunnels is notoriously difficult. Becoming a train driver is slightly easier because positions are externally advertised unlike the Tube. However, they are extremely competitive with thousands often applying for a single role.