Senior union leaders at the RMT, (Rail, Maritime and Transport) have advised members to walk out of both Euston and Green Park stations. The two stations appear to have been specifically targeted as they are key for those celebrating close to Buckingham Palace. The threat comes as staff state they are tired of “suffering years of bullying from a manager.”
Strikes will last the entire day and will affect Victoria, Jubilee, and Piccadilly line services at both stations.
The two stations will be key for those attending celebrations near Buckingham Palace, with the capital expecting a huge influx of tourists as Her Majesty celebrates 70 years on the throne.
Green Park is the nearest Tube station to Buckingham Palace, where thousands are expected to attend to view the royal family making a traditional appearance on the iconic palace balcony overlooking The Mall.
The union has warned the dispute could be resolved if Transport for London takes action against the manager.
RMT members at both stations have suffered years of intimidation, bullying, and unjustified sackings of colleagues by a manager who has created a toxic atmosphere in the workplace, the union said.
General secretary Mick Lynch said: “Staff at Euston and Green Park Tube have suffered years of sustained bullying and intimidation by a manager who has created a toxic working environment.
“The union has tried in vain to reason with management, but they now will not let local representatives be part of a review into dismissals at the stations, instigated by the manager in question.
“Our strike on 3 June will cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
“However, if Tube bosses do the right thing, and deal appropriately with the manager in question, we can find a just resolution to this dispute.”
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People have reacted with anger to the news.
Taking to Twitter to vent his frustration, David Bull said: “This absolutely cannot be allowed to happen .
“Yet again the public is being held to ransom.”
BB stated: “I’m all up for Worker rights but they really holding the general public to ransom here with these timings!
“How to win public support….. not!”
Should the RMC use such an iconic event to get their point across? Will this be resolved prior to the day? Will you be travelling to central London on Jubilee Weekend using public transport? Let us know your views by CLICKING HERE and joining the debate in our comments section below – Every Voice Matters!
Blaming London Mayor Sadiq Khan, one Twitter user, Navaleye said: “Didn’t the Marxist Mayor say at the last election that there would be no more Tube strikes?
“Another outright lie.”
Yet one social media user backed the strike.
Universal Credit Warrior wrote: “It’s not a tube strike it’s staff at 2 stations taking action over bullying and intimidation in the workplace.
“Do you think this is acceptable?”