Downing Street has condemned union bosses’ plans for strikes during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at two key London Underground stations — including one of the nearest tubes to Buckingham Palace.
MPs have criticised RMT Union for staging the most disrespectful stunt yet, as members plan to walk out of Euston and Green Park stations on Friday, June 3, with the strike affecting the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines.
It will cause ‘significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee’, warned union bosses, after choosing to disrupt Green Park, which sits half a mile from Buckingham Palace.
Sir Robert Neill, Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst told MailOnline the planned action shows little respect for Her Majesty’s reign.
‘The idea of trying to disrupt a holiday and day of national celebration, shows not only how little respect the hard left wing leaders of the RMT have for Her Majesty’s lifetime of service, but also how completely out of touch they are with ordinary hard working members of the public, who want to will see this for the cynical and selfish stunt that it is,’ he said.
Downing Street slammed the strikes, with the Prime Minister’s official spokesman telling reporters: ‘I don’t think we want to see any disruption to London’s transport system at such a moment when people are trying to come together to honour this Jubilee year.’
A spokesman for Labour leader Keir Starmer said: ‘We never want to see industrial action that’s going to disrupt the public, particularly on an occasion like the Platinum Jubilee weekend where obviously we want the focus to be on celebrating the great service of Her Majesty to this country.’
Sir Keir said he hopes the issues can be resolved, adding: ‘We want to make sure that there isn’t disruption for the public. It’s for the parties themselves to get together and discuss the issues but we would hope that they could resolve the issues before the Jubilee weekend.’
Brits reacting to the news have described the plan as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘selfish’, with one describing those walking out as ‘a spiteful public hating lot’.
Underground staff part of the RMT Union are planning to walk out of Euston and Green Park stations on Friday, June 3, with the strike affecting the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria lines. Yesterday, the Queen made a surprise visit to open the Elizabeth line, which opens May 24
Union bosses have been branded ‘disgusting’ for staging the most disrespectful stunt yet after announcing plans to strike during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Pictured, Her Majesty at the opening of the Elizabeth line yesterday
And Tory MP for Harrow, Bob Blackman, told MailOnline: ‘It’s outrageous that the unions are going on strike at key stations during the Jubilee weekend.
‘We have no comment, yet again, from the Mayor on the unions aiming to paralyse London when we should be celebrating and encouraging Londoners to use public transport on a joyous occasion.’
Stephen Hammond, Tory MP for Wimbledon said it is ‘utterly shameless of the RMT to strike on the weekend of national celebration’.
What a contrast commitment to duty from our Queen and the dereliction of duty from the leaders of the RMT,’ he said.
‘It is time for London’s Mayor Khan to stop being so spineless and get the Tube open for Jubilee weekend.
‘This is happening on his watch, it’s his problem and his responsibility. Khan needs to stop posturing and start acting so Londoners can celebrate our Queen’s incredible service to out country.’
Green Park and Euston — where staff are threatening to walk out — are vital stations for anyone planning on attending the celebrations of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
Green Park is one of the closest stations to Buckingham Palace, with a Friday strike impacting those wanting to get a glimpse of the royal residence.
However St James’s Park, also half a mile from the palace, will be open. It hosts the District and Circle lines.
Euston is also home to the UK’s busiest inter-city railway, where thousands of people will arrive ahead of the Saturday and Sunday celebrations.
Both stations are expecting to see thousands of travellers throughout the Jubilee weekend, as people move around the city, and arrive from further afield.
Union bosses say that it is due to a ‘toxic working environment’ and allegations of bullying.
The National Rail services at Euston will not be impacted, the Evening Standard reported.
Brits criticising the strike plan have questioned whether it is ‘politically motivated’ and suggested ‘driverless trains’.
Others said they have chosen a time that will be ‘most hurtful’ to the British public.
‘Completely unacceptable and selfish to be having a London tube strike on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend,’ one person said.
‘Just horrible … holding the country to ransom when we should be together celebrating. Vile,’ said another.
RMT general secretary Michael Lynch said: ‘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.
‘Our strike on June 3 will cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
‘However, if tube bosses do the right thing, and deal appropriately with the manager in question, we can find a just resolution to this dispute.’
A TfL spokesperson said in response to bullying allegations: ‘We hold our people to high standards and ensure everyone is treated fairly.
‘We’re aware of this dispute and are carrying out an urgent review in a bid to resolve it.
‘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.’
Both Green Park and Euston are expecting to see thousands of travellers throughout the Jubilee weekend, as people move around the city, and arrive from further afield. Green Park is one of the closest tube stations to the Palace, and Euston is home to the UK’s busiest inter-city railway
Commuters queuing for tube trains at Green Park Tube Station in July 2015
Pictured, a sign at Paddington Station in London during a RMT union strike in March this year