The RMT union has announced Tube strikes for October – here’s everything you need to know

Alongside the UK-wide train strikes, London Tube workers are planning two days of walkouts this October. Despite a resolution being met before the strikes planned for July went ahead, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has announced that the industrial action will continue due to the dispute over job losses and safety concerns which has been ongoing since last year. In addition to concerns over job cuts, the RMT reports that Transport for London (TfL) staff are facing higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue. Here are the dates of the upcoming Tube strikes in London:

  • Wednesday 4th October 2023
  • Friday 6th October 2023

In the summer, Tube workers were planning five days of strikes across the week commencing Sunday 23rd July. However, just two days before they were set to begin, it was announced that the action would be suspended by the RMT “after making progress in the pensions and jobs dispute”.

Tube workers represented by the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF), who were set to be on strike on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th July, also suspended their planned strike action. ASLEF was the first to announce that they’d reached a satisfactory deal with TfL after a week of negotiations.

In a statement about the October Tube strikes, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Station staff have had enough of having their livelihoods threatened by job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions.

“Station staff have a vital role to play assisting vulnerable passengers access the network safely and ensuring that the tube is a safe environment for passengers.

“These job cuts and attacks on conditions are going to lead to more unstaffed stations, temporary closures and rising passenger anger.

“TfL has had its budgets slashed but the savings made by these station staff cuts will be negatable and will lead to shortages that are unacceptable.

“This strike action will lead to the tube being shutdown and we call on Mayor Sadiq Khan to meet us urgently to discuss this matter.”