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Friday, June 25, 2004

Tube Strike Latest

Train Strike Off - Tube Strike Still On

So many people coming to the blog looking for news on this. As of today the RMT have called off the railway strike planned for Tuesday 29th June, but Tube strike is still on for 6.30pm. (See
The Evening Standard) Coupled with that Union leader Bob Crowe has just resigned from his role at Transport for London after having a ding dong with Mayor Ken Livingstone who said that tube workers should cross next week's picket lines. (This is piss poor timing, as Bob was due for a pay rise at the end of July with his re-appointment to the Board)

Although things between Ken and Bob are at an all time low, The Standard believes it ain't over till it's over: "Hopes that the strike could be called off were raised today after it was revealed there had been telephone contact between London Underground and RMT officials. Union leaders will look for an improved deal, allowing them to suspend the action for further talks........The final decision on the Tube strike could rest with the annual general conference of the RMT, which opens in Portsmouth on Monday."

On the BBC today programme Crowe said: "What the Mayor should be doing is getting his chief executives out of their golf clubs or wherever they are in the afternoon, or cocktail bars, and get them round the table like the chief executive of Network Rail did yesterday afternoon, and sort the differences out between them."


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