Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Tube Strike Can Only Hurt the Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Tube Strike Can Only Hurt the Capital

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THE Mayor's unveiling today of the latest plans for new Tube trains offers a hopeful view of future underground travel: higher-tech, more comfortable, driverless trains, though they are likely to be many years off. The immediate challenge for the network is more prosaic: avoiding next week's threatened 48-hour strike by the RMT union. London must hope it can be avoided.

At issue is the same set of proposals over closing ticket offices and redeploying staff around stations that shut the Tube in February this year. London Underground wants to shut remaining ticket offices, with 897 (voluntary) redundancies. Workers kept on have been promised no pay cuts, but they would be redeployed on concourses and platforms. Around 200 new jobs would also be created through night-time operation of some Tube services starting next year.

The strike is the first test of new RMT general secretary Mick Cash, elected following the untimely death earlier this year of Bob Crow. …

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