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Thursday 21 August 2014

Last-ditch bid to halt London Tube strikes

Alan Jones

Published 27/04/2014 | 17:07

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The London Underground began operation 150 years ago
The London Underground began operation 150 years ago

Last-ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground (LU) workers in a row over ticket office closures are to be held.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are set to walk out for 48 hours from 9pm tomorrow and for three days from the same time the following Monday.

Passengers have been warned to expect disruption to Tube services as well as delays on other forms of transport in the capital.

Meetings were held last week but failed to break the deadlock, with the union sticking to its opposition to the closures and the loss of jobs.

LU maintains that only 3% of tickets are sold at ticket offices, saying that staff would be better employed on station concourses.

Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the RMT, said: "RMT is committed to the talks process and we will be available tomorrow as I have made clear to Tube boss Mike Brown.

"It is essential that the promise we were given for a full line-by-line and station-by-station review of the cuts and closures, and their impact on staff, passengers and safety, is carried out and that the cuts are halted to allow that process to take place without a gun at our members' heads.

"This dispute is solely about cash-led cuts to jobs and services that would decimate Tube safety."

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