6 January 2017
Talks at Acas between TSSA and London Underground (LU) to resolve a dispute about safety and understaffing on the Tube have adjourned tonight without resolution.
Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes:
"We are disappointed not to have a solution to the dispute this evening but we await the outcome of London Underground's final position. We'd like the offer they have made us to go far further. Our strike will still go ahead as scheduled on Sunday evening, but our negotiating team remain available throughout the weekend to resume talks should LU be able to extend their offer."
“London Underground have said that they will recruit 500 staff this year. This is to cover a turnover of 300 and outstanding vacancies of 73, leaving only 127 new roles. They have committed to creating 150 new roles by the Autumn, but only 50 of these will be Customer Service Assistants. This is not sufficient to improve services to passengers, reduce the pressures on staff to work excessive hours, or to ensure the safety of the Tube network which has 270 stations.”