London Underground workers to strike next month

Passengers on the Northern Line platform at Bank station on the London Underground system January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

LONDON (Reuters) - London commuters face havoc next month after tube workers voted for a 48-hour, all-out strike over pay and job losses.

The RMT union said the stoppage would start at 6.59 p.m. on Tuesday June 9 and end at the same time on Thursday June 11.

The union accuses London Underground and Transport for London bosses of tearing up an agreement aimed at safeguarding jobs. It also says the firms have refused to rule out compulsory redundancies and have failed to address pay issues.

“London Underground has refused to budge from an unacceptable five-year pay offer that gives no real-terms increase for four years, and which could even see pay cut,” the RMT said in a statement.

Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Steve Addison