London commuters have faced another day of chaos as Tube strikes continue, with disruptions expected until mid morning tomorrow.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union RMT walked out for a second time this week in a deadlocked dispute over jobs, pensions and conditions.
Transport for London (TfL) has advised commuters to work from home as most Tube services are unlikely to be running until mid morning on Friday.
It follows a stoppage on Tuesday, which saw services suspended during rush hour, and further disruptions yesterday.
‘We are not prepared to take a hammering to pay for funding crisis’
Workers are striking because they fear spending cuts linked to a government funding deal will lead to hundreds of job losses and reduced pensions.
Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, said: “Our members across London Underground are making it crystal clear again this morning that they are not going to be used as pawns in a political fight between the mayor and the Government which threatens their futures and livelihoods.”
He added that the funding crisis at TfL which is at the heart of this dispute is “not our making and we are not prepared to take a hammering to pay for it”.
A rail passenger walks past a closed Tube station entrance in Victoria Station
Andy Lord, chief operating officer at TfL, said: “I apologise to customers for this and understand their frustrations by this strike action, but urge them not to take it out on those who are trying to help.
“We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has lost or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out, so this action is completely unnecessary.”