City set for summer of discontent

RMT boss Bob Crow threatened further industrial action last night, if London Underground (LU) refuses to meet union demands, as the City prepares itself for a summer of discontent. <br /><br />The City hit out at the union, saying further action would be a threat to the recession-hit capital. <br /><br />&ldquo;The last thing the business community wants to hear is that there might be more disruption in the coming weeks,&rdquo; Helen Hill, Policy Director at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said yesterday.<br /><br />&ldquo;Everyone is working hard to get UK Plc back on its feet, and yet RMT drivers choose now to deliver this kind of kick in the teeth,&rdquo; Stuart Fraser of the Corporation for London said.<br /><br />The RMT and LU are due to meet for further talks next week.<br /><br />The union says the talks now rest on its demand for no compulsory redundancies, having reached an agreement on pay.<br /><br />&ldquo;A second strike will mean disruption, frustration and inconvenience to millions of people in London,&rdquo; the CBI&rsquo;s Nigel Bourne said. <br /><br />The City could also be hit by strikes at British Airways.