London tube strike set to cause commuter chaos on Monday

Alicia WestJan 07, 2017

If the strike goes ahead - from 6pm on Sunday - all stations in zone 1, including rail stations at all major rail interchanges, will be closed.

After last ditch peace talks between the unions and TfL broke down today, RMT leader Mike Cash said: "Despite huge efforts by the union negotiating team, London Underground have failed to come up with any serious plans to tackle the staffing and safety crisis caused by the axing of almost 900 safety-critical station jobs".

The strike will affect most London Underground lines, with TfL warning passengers to expect the majority of Zone 1 stations to be closed.

There would also be no services on the Victoria or Waterloo and City lines, meaning that other services, buses and roads are likely to be much more busier than usual.

An Acas spokesman said: "Talks have adjourned and our services remain available".

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: 'We are extremely disappointed not to have a solution to the dispute this evening but we have just been asked to return to talks with LU under the auspices of Acas in the morning.

The unions have been in talks with the London Underground to try and resolve the issue, but it looks like the strike will go ahead.

Industrial action is due to take place on London Underground from this Sunday 8 January.

'As a result of the management failure to face up to the current crisis the talks have collapsed and all industrial actions remains on'.

'I urge the unions to call it off immediately.

The union said this proved too many jobs were cut.

For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services will be running, however they will be busier than usual.

TSSA members working in tube stations are now refusing to work overtime as they take action short of strike.

The underground strike comes a day before drivers on the Southern network, which operates trains between the capital, Gatwick Airport and the south coast, stage a two-day walkout which will bring services used by hundreds of thousands of passengers to a standstill.

Mr Grayling today told the BBC: 'Ultimately I don't have the power to force unions to stop striking.

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