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Tube strike action announced for Platinum Jubilee weekend

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Strike action has been announced on the London Underground during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, with staff to walk out of two key stations, according to Sky News.

Tube staff in the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) have voted to walk out of Euston and Green Park stations on Friday, 3 June, amid claims of a toxic work environment created by a “bullying 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.

The union has said 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.

RMT 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.”

A Transport for London spokesperson said: “We hold our people to high standards and ensure everyone is treated fairly.

“We’re aware of this dispute and are carrying out an urgent review in a bid to resolve it.

“We have had a number of meetings with the RMT and are urging them not to take strike action and to continue working with us to find a resolution.”

Image credit: Sky News

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