28 April 2014
STRIKE ACTION ON
EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND
STRIKE ACTION ON
I am writing to tell you that despite your negotiators putting forward a series of proposals in last ditched talks at ACAS today, management rejected these out of hand. As a result the strike action starting this evening, over the closure of ticket office and the axing of safety-critical jobs, is on.
Regrettably London Underground has dug itself into an entrenched position and has refused to move one inch from their stance of closing every ticket office, in breach of the agreement reached previously through ACAS, which enabled us to suspend the previous round of action.
Despite the spin from London Underground nothing that they are proposing is about 'modernisation'. The current plans, closing every ticket office and axing nearly a thousand safety-critical jobs, is solely about massive austerity cuts driven centrally by David Cameron and his Government and implemented by Mayor Boris Johnson.
We could have recommended the suspension of this strike action if London Underground had responded positively to our proposal to halt the implementation of these savage cuts, stopping the dire impact they would have the length and breadth of London Underground.
And let’s not forget, elected members of the GLA have called for a public consultation on these cuts and the future of the tube. We agree with that. If LU had agreed to a full and proper public consultation, involving everyone with a stake in the future of a tube network facing surging demand and growing pressures, and agreed to halt the implementation of the cuts, then we were prepared to recommend suspending the action. We believe that this was a sensible and productive way to proceed but it has been rejected wholesale by tube managers who seem hell-bent on confrontation.
As ever we remain available for talks to resolve this dispute and I will keep you advised of developments.
SUPPORT YOUR UNION
SUPPORT YOUR COLLEAGUES
SUPPORT THE STRIKE
Acting General Secretary