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Tube maintenance workers strike for third day

Tube strike continues Photo: ITV News

Maintenance staff on three tube lines are entering their third day of strikes today.

Workers on the Picadilly, Jubilee and Northern Lines began the industrial action earlier this week in a row over pensions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union went on strike at 4 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon and have vowed to stay at their pickets until the same time on Friday afternoon - a total walkout of 72 hours.

Strikes by maintenance workers are entering their third day Credit: PA

The workers maintain and upgrade the tube lines mentioned and also carry out emergency repairs across London's Tube network.

Yesterday leader of the RMT Bob Crow criticised the emergency safety teams who were acting in place of those on strike, saying they were ill equipped and inadequately trained.

London Underground strongly denied the safety concerns and said it would never do anything to compromise safety.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of business group London First, said:

"It's hard to see any justification for turning what is basically an internal dispute into disruption and inconvenience for tube passengers. The RMT should consider the travelling public, on whom our economic recovery and its members' livelihoods depend, and start treating them with respect rather than as a punchbag."

– Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First

Meanwhile yesterday it was announced London Underground cleaners are also to be balloted for strike action concerning pay, pensions and benefits.

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