August 23 2014 Latest news:
John Hyde, Chief Reporter
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
RMT leader is resolute that more strikes will come unless there is compromise
UNION leader Bob Crow today said his members are fully prepared to strike again if their demands are not met.
The RMT and TSSA walkout ended on Tuesday evening after a day of disruption on virtually the entire London Underground network.
The unions insisted the would not accept planned job cuts of 800 staff that would see stations under-manned and unsafe.
And RMT general secretary Crow believes he has ‘ratcheted up’ the pressure on London Mayor Boris Johnson to back down.
"RMT and TSSA members have shown through their solid support for this week’s strike action"
He said: “RMT and TSSA members have shown through their solid support for this week’s strike action, and the indefinite overtime ban, that they will not sit idly by while staffing levels are hacked to the bone and management turn the tube system into a death trap through their dash for cuts.
“LU bosses have admitted through the course of the strike that there are far worse cuts to come this autumn and we already have examples of fleet and track maintenance schedules being ripped apart.”
The union says it will strike again, with maintenance workers due to walk out for 24 hours at 5pm on October 3, followed by drivers, station staff and signallers at 9pm.
London Underground says it is not prepared to cave in to union demands and insists London kept moving in spite of the strike, with 40 per cent of services running during key times.