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Met to support London Ambulance Service during strikes

The Metropolitan Police Service is working with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to support its contingency plan for industrial action on Monday.

NHS workers in London will be staging a four hour walkout, along with colleagues across the country, in a dispute with the government over pay.

Police resources will be made available including 150 officers driving or crewing LAS ambulances, accompanied by LAS personnel including medically-trained professionals.

Commander Peter Terry, head of the police operation, said: "The Met is often called upon to offer help to people of London, and this is one of those times. We ask for support from the public."

Army to provide ambulance drivers during strike on Monday

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it will provide military drivers to support London's ambulance service during a strike by NHS staff. The Unison union says its members will walk out for four hours on Monday and ambulance staff will be asked to refuse overtime work from Tuesday to Friday.

We can confirm that the Ministry of Defence is providing support to the Department of Health during the 13 October industrial action by some trade unions. This assistance involves the provision of military drivers to support the London and the North West Ambulance Services.

– MoD spokesperson


Tube strike starts tonight

Scenes during last week's Tube strikes Credit: ITV News

Tube workers will begin a three day strike at 9pm this evening, in a row over ticket office closures and job losses.

It follows a two day walkout by RMT members, over the same dispute, last week.

Talks continue to try to avert tube strike action

48 hour strike planned from 9pm Tuesday

Last minute talks aimed at averting London Underground strike action will be held tomorrow. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association have voted to strike for 48 hours from 9pm Tuesday.

Tube bosses met union leaders last week with little sign of a breakthrough. Discussions will continue tomorrow. London Mayor Boris Johnson has offered to hold talks if the industrial action is called off. But unions say they will only meet with the Mayor if there are no preconditions of caveats.

Unions and management to meet over tube strikes

Talks aimed at avoiding strike action on the underground will resume later today, as London Underground bosses and rail unions clash over planned ticket office closures.

The proposed action would see Tube workers stage two 48-hour walkouts on February 4 and 11.

There are now two rail unions backing the action, after the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) voted yesterday to follow the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) in supporting the strikes.

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