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.
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.
We will learn if London Underground staff will go on strike next month, when the ballot over industrial action closes today.1300 front line station staff could walk off the job in Febuary in the dispute over ticket office closures and job cuts.
We'll soon know whether London Underground staff will take strike action over proposed ticket office closures. The results of the RMT union's ballot is expected to be revealed later today.
It comes as the Transport Salaried Staffs Association asks its member whether they want to take action over the same issue. That ballot will close on January 27.
We want to reassure Londoners that the MPS has taken the necessary steps to ensure that in the event of strike action, our essential services to London will continue.
The MPS took the decision in November to give a 1% pay rise to all police staff. This is at the ceiling of the Government’s public sector pay policy and the pay increase was given without any strings attached to it. The PCS demands include a pay increase of up to 6%. The MPS is simply unable to meet this demand.
We have tried and tested continuity plans for all eventualities, including industrial action.
Union representatives have said they are discussing the possibility of co-ordinating strike action with the Fire Brigades Union, who are also due to walk out over New Years. The two strikes combined could see 7,500 workers walk out on one of the busiest days of the year.
In a ballot, 72.5% voted for strike action on a 23.1% turnout.
Thousands of civilian police staff - including 999 call handlers - are set to strike on New Year's Eve, the PCS union has said.
The planned strike would coincide with a walkout by London firefighters and could see around 7,500 civilian workers taking action on one of the busiest days of the year.
The strike was planned after a 1% pay rise was imposed by the Metropolitan Police last month, which is below inflation.
Police community support officers, 999 call handlers, detention officers in custody suites, and a range of administration and professional support staff are among those due to take action.
The Met said they were "confident" they have good contingency plans in place in the event of a strike.
London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union is on strike.
The service says young, well-educated, professionals cause more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, often by attempting to cook at home when drunk. This greatly increases the risk of someone having a serious fire which could destroy their home or, even worse, kill them
Brigade figures show:
• Two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking.
• One in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.
• Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence.
• Over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.
London Underground workers are due to start voting on whether to strike in the New Year.
The result of the ballot, in protest over proposed job cuts and tube office closures, is due on January 10th.
Parcel deliveries in London are expected to be severely hit today as UPS workers stage a 24 hour strike. The action is part of a row over workloads and alleged bullying.
120 staff at the Camden depot began a walkout at one minute past midnight this morning. Members of the Unite union at the UPS London base voted by 9-1 in favour of industrial action.