RMT welcomes "Transport for All" tube protest this afternoon

RMT welcomes

21 September 2015

RMT Press Office

Tube union RMT has said that it warmly welcomes a “Transport for All” protest at Oakwood Tube Station at 6pm this evening as the campaigning organisation draws attention to the horrendous impact on people with disabilities from London Underground’s staff cuts programme. The protest has been mobilised and will be led by people with disabilities and older transport users denied access to transport services.

Tube union RMT has said that it warmly welcomes a “Transport for All” protest at Oakwood Tube Station at 6pm this evening as the campaigning organisation draws attention to the horrendous impact on people with disabilities from London Underground’s staff cuts programme. The protest has been mobilised and will be led by people with disabilities and older transport users denied access to transport services.

 

When TfL announced that they were cutting station staff on London Underground – cuts that RMT continues to fight -  they assured disabilities organisations that there would be no impact on disabled transport users and access.

 

But research by Transport for All shows that hours of lift closure due to staff shortage this year rocketed by more than 50% on last year’s figures. Occasions when lifts have been closed due to staff shortage have more than doubled since 2012 . Last year, Tube lifts were closed due to staff shortage on 126 occasions – and that’s on top of all the closures due to breakages and lift maintenance delays.

 

Millions have been invested in making these stations accessible and Transport for All says that preventing disabled people from using them is not acceptable.

 

Oakwood station has been one of the worst hit stations, with 13 lift closures in July and August alone – that’s once every four days, on average.

 

This evening  campaigners will assemble between 6 – 6.30pm for an action outside Oakwood Tube station to make tube users voices heard. Transport for All will be sending out the message that TfL must sort out their staffing to keep lifts open, so that disabled people are able to use the Tube with the same freedom as everyone else.

 

 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

 

“RMT’s fight to stop the cuts to jobs across London Underground continues and we warmly welcome this evenings action at Oakwood mobilised and led by Transport for All.

 

“The Mayor and his officials must take this issue seriously and ensure that there are adequate staff numbers to prevent this routine denial off access to tube services to people with disabilities. We wish Transport for All every success with this evenings action and their on-going campaigning.”

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