Tube strike to go ahead on Monday

THOUSANDS of Londers will face disruption to their travel plans this Monday and Tuesday after talks to avoid a crippling set of 24-hour strikes by London Underground (LU) workers collapsed yesterday.

Over 10,000 LU workers are set to strike on Monday at 5pm, affecting the entire network and launching the rush-hour into chaos.

London Underground will not drop plans to cut 800 staff working in ticket offices and stations, while unions say these cuts will jeopardise safety on the Tube.

Maintenance and engineering staff will walk off the job first and will be followed by station and ticket office staff, drivers, signallers and operational managers. The industrial action will last until 8:59pm on Tuesday.

Transport unions RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) were locked in negotiations with LU for more than four hours at conciliation service Acas yesterday.

Transport for London said it hoped to run some services because 60 per cent of train drivers are members of the rival union ASLEF, which is not involved in the dispute.

Further strikes are planned for Sunday 3 October; Tuesday 2 November, and Sunday 28 November.

Separately, services on the Jubilee and Northern Lines will face disruption from 7pm on Sunday when 200 Alstom-Metro train-maintenance staff are also scheduled to strike.