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Strike negotiations required to avoid further London Underground strikes

The RMT and TSSA have confirmed plans for further tube strikes.

29 September 2010

Strike negotiations will be required after unions confirmed at a second walkout on the London Underground will go ahead.

Members of both the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) are preparing to strike for 24 hours from 7pm on October 3rd over plans to cut 800 jobs.

Tube workers have already gone on strike once this month over the issue, with public transport in the capital grinding to a stand as a result.

They are scheduled to walk out on two further dates in November should strike negotiations not yield any agreement between London Underground bosses and staff.

Commenting on the breakdown in talks, TSSA leader Gerry Doherty criticised London mayor Boris Johnson for failing to sit down with unions.

"He seems more interested in winning cheap applause and furthering his political career [at the Conservative Party conference] than solving a dispute which centres on his insistence that 800 ticket office jobs must go immediately," he said.

The RMT has confirmed this week that maintenance workers will be striking for 24 hours after the aforementioned walkout, in demand of a pay rise. 

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