Tube Strike day 2: Londoners face gridlock

Londoners today are facing another day of strikes with RMT and TSSA unions due to hold talks tomorrow to avert protests next week.

RMT leader Bob Crow said: “Our negotiators are geared up and ready to enter the exploratory talks on Friday.

“In the meantime the current action continues with the rock solid support of our members and we will be back out on the picket lines early tomorrow morning as the strike heads into its third day.”

The unions, which are striking over the 950 job cuts, said they tried to talk to London Mayor Boris Johnson to resolve disputes. The Mayor, on the other hand, said that he would meet the unions only if they call off the industrial action.

The conciliation service Acas said in a statement: “The parties in the London Underground dispute have agreed to come in and continue exploratory talks at Acas this Friday, February 7.”

London Underground managing director, Mike Brown said last night: “We welcome further talks, and the unions’ decision to return to Acas, but why wait till Friday?

“I call on the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA to meet us tomorrow and to suspend Thursday’s strike so we can get on with talks to resolve this issue and avoid any more unnecessary disruption to Londoners.”

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    The media emphasis of 'strike' rather than the appalling failure by both groups to engage and to solve problems, seems to have become a typical highlight of our biased news media.

    Here we have a Union boss who is fighting for its members. Ok, I hear an argument that says 'only 30% of its members voted for this strike'. My response is 'Liberal Democrats got under 25% of votes and Tories 35%".

    Surely, the news media should be more proactive in its emphasise of Collaboration from both sides in order to achieve both Fairness and Justice. Or is it the case that Fairness and Justice remains only to the few - dependent on status?

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