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Boris is playing politics with Tube dispute

30 July 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson was accused today of "playing politics" to stop a settlement in the Tube dispute.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said he wanted to blame the unions for the delayed start of his loss making Night Tube service in September.

"This dispute is being engineered by the Mayor from City Hall. He has tied the hands of his negotiating team who are unable to make a new offer without his say so.

"By allowing next week's strike to go ahead, he will have an ideal excuse for delaying the start of the Night Tube. He will also increase his standing with the Tory right ahead of their conference in October by claiming he is taking on the rail unions.

"Londoners deserve better than a Mayor who is playing politics with a Tube service which should be safe for both the staff and the travelling public."

He said the union was privately told by LU officials more than a year ago that the Night Tube would not make a genuine operating profit before 2033. That figure was then withdrawn by LU after the union went public.

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