Tube walkout ‘set to go ahead’

Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by The News Editor

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Talks aimed at averting a strike by London Underground workers are set to break down and the walkout will go ahead from tomorrow evening, according to sources.

A last-ditch attempt was made to resolve a pay row at a meeting between union officials and LU managers, under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas.

But sources said there would not be a deal to enable the industrial action to be called off.

Passengers have been given details of disruption to Tube services if the action goes ahead.

LU said Tubes will start running down from 5pm tomorrow, there will be no services on Thursday and there could be disruption on Friday morning.

Tubes are expected to be “exceptionally busy” between 4pm and 6pm tomorrow – just after the Budget – as people try to get home before the 24-hour strike officially starts at 6.30pm.

Almost 20,000 members of four trade unions are due to strike in a dispute over the new all-night Tube services.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Aslef, Transport Salaried Staffs Association and Unite have been in dispute over pay being offered for the new service, due to start at weekends from mid-September, as well as rosters.

Managers have tabled a “final” offer , including an average 2% rise this year and £2,000 for drivers on the new all-night service.

Transport for London said extra bus and river services will run, but warned that roads and all public transport will be much busier than usual.

Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by The News Editor

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