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Safety Row As Tube Workers Stage Walkout

 

Safety Row As Tube Workers Stage Walkout

5:47am UK, Monday September 06, 2010

Andy Jack, Sky News Online

Millions of passengers are preparing for travel chaos in the capital because of a strike by London Underground workers in a bitter dispute over jobs.
 

 

The strike will hit people returning to work after the summer break

 

The 24-hour walkout from 5pm is in protest at plans to axe 800 jobs.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) plan further stoppages in October and November.

The strike hits as MPs return to Parliament after the recess and many people get back to work after the summer break.

Tube bosses have been accused of playing "fast and loose" with safety as the RMT claimed a circular had been sent to staff seeking volunteers to help run services.

At a time when public finances are under pressure any strike by Tube workers will be seriously damaging 

 

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond

 

Transport for London (TfL) denied the allegations and said it would never do anything to compromise safety on the underground.

TfL and Mayor Boris Johnson have announced contingency plans for dealing with the strike, with 100 extra buses being laid on, escorted bike rides, marshalled taxi ranks, and capacity for 10,000 more journeys on the River Thames.

Volunteers will be positioned at Tube, bus and rail stations to help people with their journeys and provide maps and other information.

TfL warned that disruption is expected from late afternoon today and is set to last throughout Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: "At a time when public finances are under pressure any strike by Tube workers will be seriously damaging - undermining the case we are making within the spending review for continued investment in the Tube."

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