The RMT and TSSA unions representing London Underground station and ticket office staff and some drivers have voted to take strike action. They are resisting the proposed cutting of 800 jobs - cuts that will lead to ticket office closures and a worse service for the travelling public.
Inevitably, the press will go into overdrive berating these workers for not going gently (accepting job cuts) and for defending the quality of the public service that keeps this city running. Don't the people that write these reports ever use public transport?
The first in a series of one-day strikes starts at 9pm on Monday night, 6 September. The unions are inviting people who support them to visit picket lines - early on Tuesday morning, 7 September, from 5.30am (yes, Tube workers start work that early) till 10am, and again from 12noon till 5pm. And if you don't want to support them, but want to go and harangue them, I'm sure they are tough enough to take that as well. They are used to dealing with the public!
Picket lines in Barnet will be at High Barnet, East Finchley, and Archway stations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details.