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Tube workers to strike over jobs

Thousands of London Underground workers are to stage a series of strikes from next month in a row over jobs, threatening travel chaos for passengers and costing the economy millions of pounds, it has been announced.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on September 6, the day the House of Commons resumes following the summer recess.

Maintenance and engineering staff will be involved in the first stoppage, with similar action planned at the same time on October 3, November 2 and November 28.

Other workers, including Tube drivers, signallers and station staff, will strike for 24 hours from 9pm on September 6 followed by walkouts at the same time on October 3, November 2 and November 28.

The unions said up to 10,000 workers will be involved in the action, which will include an indefinite overtime ban from September 6.

The action follows votes in favour of strikes by both unions over plans to cut 800 jobs among station staff.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "London Underground and Mayor Boris Johnson must understand that the cuts they want to impose are unacceptable to our members and will undermine safety and service for the travelling public.

"The mayor was elected on a promise of maintaining safe staffing levels and he is doing the opposite, planning to leave stations and platforms dangerously understaffed and threatening to turn the network into a muggers' paradise."

TSSA general secretary Gerry Doherty said: "Boris Johnson may be prepared to go into the Olympic Games with a second class Tube service when the eyes of the world will be on the capital - we are not.

"We will defend a vital public service on which millions of people depend every day of their working lives. We will not see jobs and services sacrificed to pay for the sins of the City of London and Wall Street."

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