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  • the_mad_pom the_mad_pom Feb 15, 1999 3:11 PM Flag

    Unions continue struggle against London

    THE TIMES Feb 15 99

    The London Tube strike
    started slowly at 6pm yesterday with only three of the
    246 stations closed, but five hours later 15 stations
    were closed because they had too few staff mermbers
    for health and safety regulations to be observed.

    A further nine above-ground stations, mainly on the
    District line, were unstaffed.

    The Bakerloo,
    Central, Piccadilly and Victoria lines were affected.


    The three stations immediately closed last night were
    Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road, near the north end of
    the Victoria line, and Wapping on the East London
    line. London Transport said last night that there could
    be serious disruption today. The Rail, Maritime and
    Transport union had called the 48-hour strike. The RMT said
    that it would not know until today how many of the
    16,000 Underground staff had join the strike.


    The union is demanding that there be no compulsory
    redundancies or changes to employment conditions if a
    public/private partnership plan for the Underground, announced
    by the Government last year, goes ahead. London
    Underground has accused the RMT of making unreasonable
    demands.

    A London Transport spokesman said: "It
    looks like the RMT is targeting specific stations." But
    a union spokesman denied this.

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    • So what does this mean for CUB? More delays?????????

      • 1 Reply to rarstock
      • The unions in London are finished.

        A few
        years ago, a strike on the tube would have been front
        page news and would have thrown the system into chaos.
        This is just the dying throes of the rail unions
        resisting the inevitable. The fact that there was little
        disruption is the remarkable thing. This is not necessarily
        a great thing for Londoners, just inevitable. John
        Prescott is in the uncomfortable position of being the
        hatchet man - he is being sacrificed for the interests
        behind the Blair government. The reason I posted the
        story was to emphasize the significance of the
        perception of "partnership" between the government and the
        private companies involved in PRESTIGE.

        PRESTIGE
        is a done deal, installations of new station gates
        have already commenced. I am quite surprised that
        there has not been more interest in the stock recently,
        but I remain supremely confident that there will be
        soon.

        Save some of that Armangac for me.

 
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