Last-ditch talks aim to avert tube strikes

Union leaders are today (Monday) set to hold last-ditch talks in the hope of avoiding a proposed 48-hour Tube worker walkout in protest at job cuts, bbc.co.uk reports.

London Underground workers are expected to go on strike for two days from tomorrow, amid the ongoing war of words regarding job cuts and underground restructures. The contentious issue revolves around tube chiefs looking to close every single ticket booth on the network and instead place workers on the platforms. In doing so, however, more than 700 jobs could be lost.

Now, representatives from the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have said they are planning to hold a series of 11th hour talks to try and avert industrial action. The hope is that a mutual resolution can be agreed upon that will remove the need for strikes and prevent disruption on the tubes.

Offering a warning to Londoners and those heading to the capital on business, Transport for London (TfL) claimed that the network could be affected by “serious disruption” if the proposed strikes go ahead. Not only that, it claimed that disruption would not be localised, as all lines would be affected.

Making the point, a TfL spokesperson told buyingbusinesstravel.com: “Should the RMT and TSSA strike action go ahead, London Underground will keep as many stations open and run as many trains as possible.

“Services will be affected from 9:30pm on Tuesday February 4, so customers are asked to try to complete journeys as early as possible that evening. If your Oyster card needs topping up, it may help to do this in advance of the industrial action starting. There will be disruption to journeys on Wednesday and Thursday, when Tube services will start later and finish earlier than normal.”