New Tube Strike Announced For Budget Day

By M@ Last edited 15 months ago

Last Updated 23 February 2023

New Tube Strike Announced For Budget Day
A roundel saying No Trains

Commuters: another date for your diaries. Industrial action will take place on London Underground on 15 March, the day of the Budget.

This 24-hour strike is by tube drivers represented by the Aslef union. 99% of a 77% turnout voted in favour of the walkout. This is not about pay, but rather concerns about members' pension pots. Transport for London must look at ways to make savings from its pension plans, as a condition of the Government's multi-million pound financial bailout. Details of that review are expected next week. Needless to say, the union does not want to see pension cuts, and has taken pre-emptive action in announcing the strike.

A lego scene showing a striker outside Kentish Town
How the strike might look... in Lego

As the BBC's Tom Edwards points out, the last time Aslef tube drivers went on strike, in 2015, it caused a complete shutdown of the underground network.