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Crunch peace talks at London Underground

4 June 2015

Public safety must come first on Night Tube

Public safety and crowd control must be the key priorities on London's new Night Tube service, a union leader warned today.

Safety measures must be agreed between management and unions to ensure platforms are fully staffed in the middle of the night to ensure passengers are safe at all times, said Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union.

He was speaking as talks got underway at ACAS with all three rail unions and LU to avoid a threatened strike over pay and the start of the new all night tube in September.

The unions have all rejected a below inflation two year pay offer which covers the start of the new service and contains a no strike deal.

Mr Cortes has accused Boris Johnson of trying to rush the new service into action so he can claim the political credit for it before he leaves City Hall for the House of Commons full time next year.

"We have the busiest and safest tube in the world and we want to make sure that also operates around the clock when the new all night service begins," he added.

"We don't want any of Boris's gimmicks or stunts with an army of students running the system."

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