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.
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.
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."
Power workers on London Underground are threatening eight days of strikes in a long-running row over conditions. Members of three trade unions are set to walk out from 8pm next Tuesday until 8pm on Wednesday July 9.
Campaigners against the so-called "bedroom tax" stepped up their efforts today to have the policy repealed. Hundreds of people gathered in central London to mark one year since the benefit changes came into law.
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".
The leader of the Unite union has said there will be further bus strikes in London if a deal is not struck on giving bus workers an Olympic bonus. Thousands of union members walked out on Friday causing delays for passengers.