By Claire West


The RMT and TSSA unions have called a Tube Strike starting on the evening of Sunday 28 November.

Disruption is likely all day Monday 29 November, with services returning to normal on Tuesday 30 November.

Although both sides have been in talks with ACAS and there was some hope that the strike might be called off now RMT bosses are saying that the planned industrial action will take place.

Yesterday RMT also accused the government of ‘kicking in to the long grass the Inter City fleet replacement programme and key electrification and High Speed projects.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

“Today's announcement on the railways is classic political smoke and mirrors. Key infra structure developments like the Inter City Fleet and High Speed projects have been kicked deep into the long grass and even the carriage procurement numbers have been dressed up to look better than they are with long term projects mangled up with the urgent replacements required to keep pace with current demand. When you strip away all the lies and distortions the truth is that the carriage replacement programme over the next four years has been slashed by 50%.

"The reality is that the inflation busting fare increases kick in within weeks while the infrastructure and upgrade works we need to drag the UK's railways out of the slow lane are light years away. The profits of the train companies are ring fenced while the services to passengers are left to rot. The travelling public will be rightly angry once the spin and hype around this announcement is exposed and the reality sinks in - they will be robbed blind in the new year to pay for the political promise of jam tomorrow."