5 May 2014
Tube union RMT confirmed tonight that strike action on the underground next week over ticket office closures and job cuts will go ahead after a deal which could have allowed for a suspension of the action was wrecked at the last minute with the union pointing the finger directly at Boris Johnson.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said.
“RMT negotiators worked flat out today at ACAS to try and reach an agreement which could allow for a suspension of the action and late this afternoon we had workable framework which could have triggered that suspension.
However, right at the death LU changed tack and lobbed in a hand grenade, demanding not a suspension of the action but that the entire dispute be called off, pre-empting the outcome of the next stage of the process and imposing a condition that they knew we could never agree to.
I am angry and bitterly disappointed that a deal which could have allowed for a suspension of tube strike action has been wrecked at the last minute and we suspect the intervention of the Mayor who seems hell bent on using this dispute to further his own political objective of leading the Tory Party. It is a cynical and politically motivated move that means that avoidable action now goes ahead as our members continue the fight for jobs, services and safety.”