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Underground strike action would be 'pointless'

London Underground has branded threatened strike action on the capital's tube network as 'pointless'. Power workers on London Underground are threatening eight days of strikes in a long-running row over conditions and other issues.

We have resolved a number of issues and have proposed a further reward package for staff in return for changes to the way our people work which will give us greater flexibility and staff availability when the network needs it most.It is disappointing that the Unite and RMT unions have rejected our proposal, and I urge them to continue with constructive discussions rather than threaten pointless industrial action. We are developing contingency plans to minimise the impact on the network should the strike action go ahead.

– Richard Jones, London Underground

Warnings of major disruption during Tour de France

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Union bosses have warned industrial action on London's Underground could cause major travel disruption when the Tour de France cycle race arrives in the capital on July 7. A previous strike was called off to allow talks, but unions said these have now broken down.

The dispute involves workers transferring to other organisations some years ago and then coming back under London Underground management, but with different conditions.

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Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said in a message to his members:

"I urge you all to stand firm together and support this strike action to make sure that the company returns to negotiations with a genuine approach to reach final agreement on this dispute about the outsourcing of your work and the proper reinstatement of your length of service."

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Union calls for a vote to end 'bedroom tax'

The trade union Unite has organised a protest in Knightsbridge to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of the "bedroom tax". Unite wants a vote to end the policy, which was meant to encourage council tenants to move into smaller properties if they were in houses with a spare room.

Opponents say it has left many tenants forced in to paying more for their current houses as there aren't enough smaller properties available for them to move into. The government has said the scheme is not a tax and instead refers to it as "the spare room subsidy".

Parcel deliveries in London hit by strike

Workers at delivery giant UPS are staging a 24 hour walkout

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.

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Unite: Lloyds Banking Group to axe 850 jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is to cut 850 jobs and close an office in Southend, Essex, the Unite union said today.

Unite say the bank have announced almost 2,750 job losses since January. National officer for the union Dominic Hook is calling for a review of the cuts made by banks:

"Lloyds is celebrating a return to profit and there are hints of dividend payouts to shareholders but the bank's workers are in constant fear that they will be next for the chop.

"This is no way to treat staff. It's time to urgently review this continuous tide of cuts and build the bank's strength."

– Dominic Hook, National officer for union Unite

Union: bus companies need to "see sense"

Steve Turner from the Unite union talked to London Tonight about his hopes for the talks taking place today.

Union leaders are meeting with representatives from the capital's 20 bus companies, in an attempt to prevent further strike action.

Bus workers are planning to walkout for 24 hours this Thursday and on the July 24th, just three days before the Olympic opening ceremony.

They want a £500 bonus for working during the Games.

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