Mick Lynch, general secretary of RMT, stated that ‘TfL have missed an opportunity to make progress during these negotiations.
The RMT union announced that a strike by London Underground workers will take place on Thursday after talks failed to resolve a dispute about pay, job and conditions.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), stated that Transport for London (TfL), had rejected its offer to suspend strike action.
TfL was asked by the union to suspend job cuts and adverse pension changes in order to allow both sides to reach a negotiated agreement.
Today, the RMT stated that it suggested that job cuts planned for this year be suspended and that TfL clearly state that London Underground will not accept any detrimental attacks on pensions as a result of a review that they are doing with the Government.
Mick Lynch, general secretary of RMT, stated that TfL had missed a golden chance to move forward in these negotiations and avoid striking action on Thursday.
“Our members are determined in their determination for a just settlement of this dispute over jobs and pensions.
“They will continue their industrial campaigns for as long it takes.
“TfL must make compromises with the union and reach a deal that is fair for employees and does not cause disruption to passengers’ lives.”
TfL advised passengers to verify their travel plans before Thursday’s departure. They warned that London Overground and DLR services could be affected by the Tube strike. London Trams will operate a reduced schedule.
Services will be disrupted by the strike until Friday morning.
Glynn Barton is TfL’s chief operating officer. He said that he would like to apologize to customers for any disruptions caused by Thursday’s industrial actions.
“We met with Unite and the RMT this week to ask them to stop this Tube strike, as there have been no proposals to alter pensions or conditions.
“Unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement but we are open to discussions as there is still plenty of time for the unions for this action to be called off.
We advise customers to check their travel plans before travelling on Thursday.
“London Overground, Elizabeth Line and DLR services could be subject to last-minute changes including non-stopping at stations that are shared with London Underground. London Trams will also operate at a reduced schedule.
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