Government could deem Underground “essential service”

The government is considering declaring the London Underground an “essential service”, which would mean a minimum service would have to be maintained even during strike action.

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT union, and Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA union, accused London Mayor Boris Johnson of refusing to meet them to discuss Tube office closures.

According to the BBC, the government has said it is looking “very, very closely” at plans to declare the Underground an essential service, in a bid to reduce the impact of further strikes.

Under such plans, the Underground would be subject to a “minimum service agreement”, which would be required to keep core services operational during industrial action.

Government sources told the BBC’s political correspondent Norman Smith that it is considering the proposal in the next Conservative manifesto.

Crow hit back at the suggestion, saying: “Rather than threatening to declare martial law in London as part of his ongoing battle with Boris Johnson for the future of the Tory party, David Cameron should be telling the mayor to stick to his election promise to Londoners not to close ticket offices.

“Playing politics with a dispute that is simply about jobs, safety and services gets us nowhere at a time when talks are the only way forwards.”

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