London mayor Boris Johnson has agreed to a meeting with tube union boss Bob Crow - but only if next week’s strike is called off.
Earlier today Crow called for face-to-face talks with the mayor in a bid to break the deadlock in the dispute over ticket office closures.
Crow’s RMT and another union, TSSA, are due to start a 48-hour walkout at 9pm on Tuesday night.
Union officials and London Underground managers have failed to resolve the dispute during a number of sessions at the conciliation service ACAS.
But despite the mayor’s offer to hold talks at City Hall on Monday, only a naive optimist would put money on a meeting taking place.
The language of both men is a clear signal of how unlikely a meeting is. They have met before - but only once - when they were guests on the same radio programme during the mayor’s first term.