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, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A GROUP of MPs have given their backing to the Tube strikers that are set to bring London to a halt from tonight.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions will go on strike from 7pm this evening in protest at London Underground plans to cut 800 posts, mostly from ticket offices.
The transport organisation says the changes are necessary and inevitable following the increased use of Oyster cards.
But the unions claim the cuts will affect safety - and an Early-Day Motion tabled in Parliament by Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell supports their cause.
The motion states that LU’s cuts are a “serious mistake” that will “damage passenger services and undermine safety”.
It commends the unions in their actions and calls on Mayor Boris Johnson, as chairman of Transport for London, to withdraw the proposals.
The motion added there are “worries that the job losses will lead to increased maintenance problems, more delays for passengers and increased risks as rigorous safety standards are reduced”, while there are “severe concerns that the cuts will be keenly felt among the elderly and disabled who rely on help to buy tickets”.
The motion, backed by Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma, Jim Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton, and Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins, agreed with the unions’ proposals for “reasonable and safe staffing levels”.
Concerns have also been raised in recent weeks about the changes by the London Assembly and passenger watchdog London TravelWatch.