Tube strikes: talks resume in bid to avoid second strike

Watford Observer: Tube strikes: talks resume in bid to avoid second strike Tube strikes: talks resume in bid to avoid second strike

Talks aimed at avoiding tomorrow’s tube strike by London Underground (LU) workers have resumed.

Officials from the RMT and TSSA unions are meeting LU bosses at conciliation service Acas to try to resolve the row over ticket office closures.

Union members staged a 48-hour walkout last week, which meant the Metropolitan Line did not run services to and from Watford.

Another 48-hour strike is planned from 9.30pm tomorrow unless a deal can be agreed.

Transport for London said there was no deadline for the talks.

 

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11:39am Tue 11 Feb 14

TRT says...

Totally justified strike. The media have misreported this continually to portray the unions as Luddites opposed to modernisation and ticket office closures, but the changes proposed are far more extensive than simply ticket offices. Stations like Watford, Croxley, Moor Park etc, will only have one supervisory grade on duty between them, and will be left with one single person on duty. The station will be entirely unmanned during their breaks, and the CCTV screens will be unattended, reducing safety drastically. One of the prime directives issued by LU recently was that control rooms should have their windows made more transparent so that people coming into the station would see that there were CCTV screens and someone watching them all the time; visible deterrent it's called. That's not going to happen under Fit For The Future.
Totally justified strike. The media have misreported this continually to portray the unions as Luddites opposed to modernisation and ticket office closures, but the changes proposed are far more extensive than simply ticket offices. Stations like Watford, Croxley, Moor Park etc, will only have one supervisory grade on duty between them, and will be left with one single person on duty. The station will be entirely unmanned during their breaks, and the CCTV screens will be unattended, reducing safety drastically. One of the prime directives issued by LU recently was that control rooms should have their windows made more transparent so that people coming into the station would see that there were CCTV screens and someone watching them all the time; visible deterrent it's called. That's not going to happen under Fit For The Future. TRT
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