Tube unions to meet with LU to avert strikes

TUBE union bosses are meeting London Underground (LU) management this morning with hopes of putting a bitter dispute over job cuts and the possibility of another set of strikes behind them.

RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) will meet LU at conciliation service Acas in a bid to halt planned strikes for October and November that could once again cripple the Underground network.

The unions said they both have a positive outlook on today’s talks and have “every intention” of reaching a deal with LU management over plans to cut up to 800 station posts.

If the talks fall through, the unions are set to launch industrial action on 3 October, which will see more than 10,000 Tube workers leave their posts.

Similar action is planned for 2 and 28 November.