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Explained timelines for pipe strikes and why TfL staff are taking action

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Buses, the DLR and all other running services will be very busy with queues to board

The strikes are being held in protest against working conditions, layoffs and pensions.

Thousands of TfL workers are set to stage a strike this week, with severe travel disruption expected across the capital coinciding with widespread industrial action on the train lines.

On Tuesday 21st June there will be a 24 hour strike on the London Underground.

That evening standard reports that 10,000 workers will leave.

The tube strike coincides with the broader three-day strike that will affect the rail network on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Friday 25th June.

There are also night strikes on the Central, Jubilee and Victoria Tube lines every Friday and Saturday through Sunday 19 June.

Transport for London (TfL) is advising people not to travel if possible.

It says all services will either be severely disrupted or shut down entirely on:

Buses, the DLR and all other running services will be very busy with queues to board.

If you must travel, you should finish your subway or train journey by 6:00 p.m.

No journeys will be offered before 8am on Wednesday 22 June and it is advised to avoid journeys before mid-morning as further disruption is likely to occur.

There will be limited service on the London Overground and Elizabeth Line until mid-morning.

Certain services will continue to be affected later in the week:

As part of a funding agreement, the government has asked TfL to work towards achieving “financial sustainability” for its operations by April 2023.

TfL have proposed not to fill 600 posts when they become vacant. It said this would leave the network with more than 4,500 station staff across London, which would be enough to help customers.

TfL have also said no proposals have been made on pensions or conditions and that no one would lose their job because of the plans.

But Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, said the union wanted “a face-to-face meeting with London Mayor Sadiq Khan” about TfL’s proposals.

He added: “There is no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate an agreement when the power lies with the mayor.

“The Mayor of London has tax collection powers. Just four banks made a profit of £34bn last year and are expected to pay out over £4bn in bonuses to London merchants. An unexpected tax on these profits would more than adequately fund London’s transport network.

“Mayor Khan must either stand against the Tory government and demand a fair financing deal for Londoners, or attack loyal tube workers who keep the capital running day in and day out.”

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