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£25 'by way of a thank-you' says Underground boss

Hundreds of our staff volunteered to help keep London moving during the recent pointless industrial action called by the union leaderships.

In recognition of doing this over and above their day jobs, staff who volunteered will receive a voucher for £25 by way of a thank-you.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground's chief operating officer,

Boris 'wasting money on grandstanding gimmicks', says union

Commuters at Farringdon Underground station during the 48-hour tube strike Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Transport Salaried Staffs Association General secretary Manuel Cortes said it was an example of "gesture politics" by London Mayor Boris Johnson, adding:

"Instead of wasting public money on grandstanding gimmicks, he would be better of focusing on how he caused the dispute in the first place, namely his reckless plan to close all 260 Tube ticket offices.

"Before the walkout, he said he would keep services running with an army of 1,000 volunteers. On the day, the service was at a virtual standstill because only a few hundred actually turned out on the day.

"Now he is using public money on another futile gesture aimed at raising his standing in the Tory party."

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£25 bonus for working on strike day

Commuters arriving at Kings Cross on a strike day earlier this month Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said the volunteers, who were Transport for London employees, were paid £25 for an eight hour shift plus a further £25 if they worked two shifts over the two-day stoppage over ticket office closures earlier this month.

The union said the total cost would be over £22,000 if it was true that 950 staff volunteered to be on duty during the strike.

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Tube strike 'cost capital £600 million'

The Federation of Small Businesses claims that the recent tube strike cost companies in the capital £600 million in lost working hours, business and productivity.

Members of the FSB lost on average £1,297 during the last tube strike.

The Capital is one of the most expensive places in the world to do business - all sides of the ongoing dispute need to understand that damaging small businesses in this way leads to a decline in confidence and turnover, and that can mean jobs and capital investment at risk. We urge all sides to find a quick resolution as the average business can ill afford to lose over £2,500 in a two week period.

– Sue Terpilowski, London Policy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Stratford area busy

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Reports coming in that the route 25 is busier than yesterday in the Stratford area. #tubestrike

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There is currently a moderate crowd at Stratford waiting for buses. Buses delayed up to 30mins in the area #tubestrike

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