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07.02.14

Tube talks resume at Acas

Talks between TfL and the unions are set to resume today, following two days of Tube strikes.

An Acas spokesperson said: “The parties in the London Underground dispute have agreed to come in and continue exploratory talks at Acas this Friday 7 February.”

TfL stated that up to 75% of stations remained open during the strikes and around a third of passenger services were operating. A thousand ‘travel ambassadors’ worked during the industrial action to help passengers plan their journeys.

The strikes are against plans to “modernise the Tube” by closing ticket offices. Unions warn that 750 jobs could be at risk as a result. Another two-day strike is planned for next week.

London Underground’s managing director, Mike Brown MVO said            : “I want to thank Londoners for their patience during what has clearly been a difficult few days caused by this pointless strike. I am glad that the unions have now agreed to start talks with us again today and I hope that we can make real progress towards modernising the Tube.

“I am also hugely grateful to the many thousands of LU and TfL staff who have worked hard to keep customers informed and to keep London moving and open for business.”

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said: “We want no more stunts or PR baloney from Boris. No more talk of a secret army of volunteers marching to London's rescue.

“We want serious and detailed talks on our genuine fears for the safety and security of passengers and staff under these far reaching plans. If that happens, I believe we can reach a settlement that will avoid next week's 48-hour walkout.”

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