Following the announcement of plans to move Underground staff from ticket offices to platforms, resulting in the closure of all 260 of those offices, the RMT union have announced two 24 hour strikes in protest. These will run from noon on 4th and 11th Feb, each running for 48 hours.
Bob Crow had the following to say about the planned office closures:
"These cuts would hit the vulnerable, the elderly, those with disabilities and women the hardest. De-staffing stations, with supervisors running operations three stops down the line on an IPad, would turn the tube system into a criminals paradise where those with violence and robbery on their minds are given a clear run. RMT will work with our sister unions and passenger groups to ensure that tube users understand just what’s at stake as Boris Johnson turns his opportunist election pledges on their head."
Meanwhile, for TfL, Phil Hufton said:
"We’re committed to working with unions and staff to implement changes to station staffing without compulsory redundancies and we’ve been clear that there’ll be a job for everyone at LU who wants to work for us and be flexible. I urge our trade union colleagues to work with us to shape the future of the Tube."
We'll keep you posted as this story develops and TfL issues advice on travel for these days.