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TSSA team return for Night Tube talks in good faith

10 November 2015

TSSA chief, Manuel Cortes says that his union's negotiating team will return to the ACAS table for talks with London Underground management in "in good faith" today.

He is pleased to learn from LU Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffith's comments to the press that Night Tube talks are back on the agenda.

Doubts that a 24 hour service arose last week when Boris Johnson told LBC he no longer considered the service "absolutely critical".

TSSA are keen to support the running of a Night Tube service, accepting TfL's report that it will inject an extra £360 million into the London economy and support nearly 2,000 jobs.

But talks stalled because LU management were unwilling to give tube workers comfort that the changes involved would not be detrimental to passenger safety and their work/life balance.

It then emerged LU management were deploying "a sneak's strategy" to consult union members behind the unions backs which they abandoned after it was exposed in the press.

The TSSA chief still believes a face to face meeting between union chiefs and the Mayor, who is chair of Transport for London, may be critical to stopping the game of political football now being played with the night tube service.

"We get that a night Tube service will benefit passengers, workers, tourists and the future economy of our great city.

"But this playing politics with vital investment in the creation of a 24 hour tube service has just got to stop.

"Boris may be more interested in becoming Tory leader than leader for London but our members ambitions remain the same - to deliver the best transport systems possible.

"Frankly, I'm even somewhat sorry for London Underground's senior management as Boris undermines them with his public changes of mind about whether the Night Tube is critical.

"Our negotiating table return to the table today in good faith and remain completely committed to delivering the best and safest possible transport services for Londoners.

"But I once again repeat my offer to Boris to break the habit of a lifetime and hold face to face talks with me and other union leaders to make a Night Tube reality."

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