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Tube strike action announced for Platinum Jubilee weekend

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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. Staff claim it’s because of a toxic work environment created by a “bullying manager.”

Stikes are set to last the entire day and will impact the Jubilee, Piccadilly, and Victoria line services at both stations – some of the most used lines in London. The two stations will also be essential to those attending celebrations near Buckingham Palace during Jubilee weekend. In response to the vote, Transport for London said it expects both stations to be open during the action.

The union says the dispute can be resolved if Transport for London takes action against the manager. RMT members at both stations say they have gone through years of bullying, intimidation, and the unjustified firings of colleagues. RMT general secretary Mike Lynch said of the situation: “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.

Lynch went on to say the 3 June strike will cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic Jubilee. But, if Tube bosses can do the right thing and deal with the manager in question, there can be a resolution to the dispute.

A spokesperson for Transport for London said they hold employees to high standards and work to ensure everyone is treated fairly.

The spokesperson went on to add: “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.”

As of now, there is no word on if this strike will impact other tube stations.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.