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TSSA joins 48-hour Tube strike

11 August 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson should stop playing "Pontius Pilate" if he wants to stop the two 24-hour Tube strikes ahead of the August Bank Holiday, the TSSA warned today.

General Secretary Manuel Cortes confirmed his members would be joining the two day stoppages on Tuesday August 25 and Thursday August 27 called in the dispute over the start of the Night Tube.

He said: "It is now time for the Mayor to start getting his hands dirty and get down to serious negotiations to avoid a week of disruption on the Tube. He should stop playing Pontius Pilate.

"He will bear a heavy responsibility if the 48-hour stoppage goes ahead while he washes his hands of his crucial role as the democratic leader of London."

The walkouts will start at 6.30pm on Tuesday evening, August 25 and again at 6.30pm on Thursday August 27 causing disruption to services across the whole week.

"He will blame the rail unions for the disruption but the travelling public will be asking why he has allowed these talks to drag on for six months whilst he refused to meet the union leaders themselves.

"Our members will not accept top down change being imposed on them when it comes to changes in their work-life balance. We accept the Night Tube but only with detailed agreement on how it will operate."

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