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Now it’s Time for Boris to Meet Rail Union Leaders

5 August 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson should meet the rail unions to end the bitter dispute over the Night Tube, said TSSA leader Manuel Cortes today.

 He said the Mayor should end his ban on talking directly to the unions in the interests of bringing peace back to the Tube service as a second 24-hour walkout begins tonight.

"From his performance on the Today programme, the Mayor is clearly not up to speed with the fact that the Night Tube will mean extra weekend working for staff. He was under the impression that it would not.

 "He is the man in overall charge and he is the man who is in charge of the overall budget for a service which is now due to start in just five weeks’ time. He holds the key to ending this disruption.

 "He should be sitting around the table with all the four unions to agree a way forward which will avoid the need for any further action. We will meet him anywhere, anytime."

 He said the unions were still concerned about safety and staffing levels as well as work/life balance with over 1200 staff having to work more weekends under LU's current plans.

 "If Boris is serious about resolving the dispute as soon possible, he should start talking today."


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