Talks aimed at stopping the 48-hour strike on London Underground workers from 9pm tomorrow have ended without agreement.
A suntanned Bob Crow has refused to answer questions about his recent cruise holiday. The RMT leader was pictured on a beach in Brazil days before thousands of commuters are set to face huge strike disruption.
Today, Bob Crow said London Underground management: "Haven't taken us seriously, and right now the dispute is still on... London Underground needs to make a case for each ticket office closure on an individual basis."
London Underground boss, Phil Hufton, tells me the two sides are still talking at ACAS, so there is still a chance the strike action could be called off.
READ MORE: Line-by-line guide of the affected services
Due to the planned strike by Tube staff next week DLR services will be busier than normal. More details at http://t.co/Fqc79FpCpU
The planned strikes may impact from 21.30 Tues 4 Feb for 48 hours and from 21.30 Tues 11 Feb for 48 hours. Plan ahead http://t.co/vyuaxeSc0v
Due to planned Tube strike next wk demand for bikes will be high. Please check availability of bikes before you ride: http://t.co/gWHJ8dlQ5F
Instead of trying to con Londoners into believing that Tube chiefs can either break the strike or damp down its impact, the mayor and his officials should be focusing their efforts on reaching a negotiated settlement to a dispute which is about maintaining safe staffing levels, quality of service and access for all.
– Bob Crow, RMT Union
RMT is once again appalled that TfL are trying to fool the public into believing that volunteer 'ambassadors' can run a safe service as an alternative to experienced and highly trained Tube staff.
That is dangerous and provocative nonsense with potentially lethal implications and the union will be alerting Tube safety authorities of our serious concerns over this cavalier disregard for normal safety rules.