Tube Strike Talks go ahead amid fears of new Strike

A source had told the International Business Times that Londoners should not be optimistic about the success of strike talks which are going ahead at the moment.

The source said, “My impression is that the RMT representatives feel the [24-hour] strike [in January] was very strong and they will have support for members for more action… so I wouldn’t be optimistic about a settlement.”

Londoners Should not be Hopeful

TSSA and RMT unions are currently in talks with London Underground bosses and the mediation service Acas in an effort to come to a resolution.

Manuel Cortes of TSSA said, “We are hoping to make progress towards a resolution which ensures that our Tube is both safe and adequately staffed.”

The national executive of the RMT union has agreed escalated strike action unless demands from the union are met.

Last month, most Zone 1 stations were closed due to the dispute.

Although unions and London Underground staff are in agreement that more staff are needed following Boris Johnson’s Fit for the Future stations saw hundreds of job losses, the dispute focuses on how many staff are needed.

The January strikes were branded as unnecessary by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.  He commissioned an independent report into the issue, carried out by London Travel Watch.

Independent Report

Stephen Locke of Travel Watch said, “We have concluded that much more needs to be done to make the new system as passenger friendly as it needs to be.

“Our research has identified significant issues that must still be addressed, including the layout of stations, the services provided by ticket vending machines, staff training and availability, and assistance for people with disabilities.

“The new arrangements could, potentially, deliver good customer service – but we have listed several recommendations that need to be implemented before the reforms can be given a clean bill of health.”

Talks are ongoing at this time.