Hundreds of Tube staff could go on strike in the run up to Christmas

Over 1,000 Tube staff in a major union are going to be balloted later this month on whether to go on strike in the run-up to Christmas this December.

Leaders of the TSSA are concerned that assaults on staff could have been prevented by Tube bosses.

The concerns centre on the “Fit For The Future” changes introduced by Boris, which saw ticket offices closed.

“This has caused increased stress of work adversely impacting on staff work-life balance with some members reporting work is now exhausting, anxiety-inducing, disrupting their sleep patterns with some members reporting they are afraid of going to and being at work,” the union said in a statement.

“It is appalling that 87% of our members are feeling less safe at work than they did 6 months ago, It is a terrible indictment of TfL management that they have taken no action to remedy this.”

 

LU chief operating officer Steve Griffiths told the Evening Standard: “Everyone has the right to go about their work without fear or intimidation and we do not tolerate any form of verbal or physical assault on our staff.

“Our campaign against workplace violence sends a clear message that any assaults on staff will be fully investigated and we work closely with the British Transport Police to bring perpetrators to justice.”

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