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London Underground workers’ strikes will continue next week

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London Underground (LU) workers’ tricycles are due to take place next week after talks failed to resolve a dispute over jobs, pensions and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will stand down next Tuesday and Thursday (March 1-3), threatening to disrupt metro services in the capital.

The RMT said in interviews with the Acas Conciliation Service that it was setting out a framework that could have allowed the union executive to consider a stay of action.

The union claimed LU was “dragging its heels” and blocking a path to progress.

These are the same transport staff hailed as heroes for transporting London through Covid for almost two years, often at serious personal risk, who are now left with no choice but to strike in defense of their means of subsistence.

During the talks, the RMT said LU had confirmed its worst fears that “nothing is ruled out” in terms of the threat to jobs, pensions, conditions and security.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Our members will go on strike next week because a financial crisis in LU has been deliberately engineered by the government to drive a program of cuts that would undermine jobs, services , security and threaten working conditions and pensions .

“The magnitude of this threat was confirmed during the talks.

“These are the exact same transport staff hailed as heroes for transporting London through Covid for nearly two years, often risking their lives, who are now left with no choice but to strike in defense their livelihoods.

“Politicians need to realize that transport workers will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.

“In addition to the strike, RMT is coordinating a campaign of resistance with colleagues from other unions affected by this threat.”

It is extremely disappointing that the RMT is considering moving forward with this action.

Acas said he remains in contact with the parties.

Andy Lord, COO of Transport for London, said: “It is extremely disappointing that the RMT is considering going ahead with this action. TfL has not proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and no one has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have put forward.

“I hope the RMT will come to the table with us, continue the talks and reverse this disruptive action, which will cause huge frustration to our customers and further financial damage to TfL and the London economy as we should work together to rebuild after the pandemic. .

“If the RMT goes ahead with this action, then anyone who is due to travel on March 1-3 should check before making their trip, determine if they are able to work from home and use alternative modes of transport if possible. .

“I understand the frustration this proposed strike will inevitably cause and I can assure customers that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impacts. Traveling will be more difficult if the RMT strike continues, so I urge all customers to be considerate of each other and TfL staff.