Threats of tube strike action during Tour de France

Union bosses have threatened strike action on London's underground during the Tour de France.

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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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Underground workers threaten strike action

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.

Passengers wait outside London Bridge station during a strike over ticket office closures Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
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