Planned London underground walkout to go ahead after talks collapse

Planned London underground walkout to go ahead after talks collapse

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London Underground staff are set to carry out a threatened walkout after negotations between rail unions and Transport for London failed.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “RMT is bitterly disappointed that London Underground Limited (LUL) brought nothing new to the negotiating table today despite assurances that fresh proposals to tackle the growing safety and staffing crisis would be forthcoming.”

As a result of the strike action is still set to go ahead on Sunday (January 6) as Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announce talks between the two parties on Wednesday (January 4) was unable to defuse the  “crisis”.

The conflict initially reared its head in November 2016 after a sequence of strikes brought on by concerns that Boris Johnson’s removal of 900 frontline staff and the mass closure of ticket offices as a money saving mechanism has created a “safety crisis” for passengers, with over 4000 London Underground staff prepared to strike in protest.

London Underground is preparing contingency measures if the strike goes ahead, which could see many stations shut and some lines partially closed. Discussions between both sides at conciliation service Acas broke up on Wednesday 5th without agreement. Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA union which represents ticket office staff, said: “It doesn’t appear that LU is serious about resolving this dispute. Their complete lack of urgency tells its own story.

“We need a significant increase in staff numbers, in the hundreds, just to be back in a position where our Tube can operate safely and where station closures are no longer the norm.

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