Third union joins the Tube strikes
If one union pulling out of the Tube strikes gave you any hope that this might all get resolved, a third union joining in the walkouts should quash that notion.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said their members are going to participate in the three strikes that are imminent, unless the London Underground bosses come up with a new plan.
Members of Aslef and the RMT are already striking, and they'll take place on January 26th and February 15th and February 17th.
General secretary of TSSA, Manuel Cortes, says: "We remain concerned London Underground management are attempting to deregulate current safety standards designed to protect the travelling public."
"We are also concerned that LU management are now trying to tie the pay deal – that even they concede is 12 months overdue – to the removal of industry regulated safety standards which ensure Tube employees are safety-certificate trained and protected from extreme fatigue by continuous heavy shift loads."
"Mayor Boris Johnson must be held responsible for pushing us to strike action. I have personally invited him, on numerous occasions, to meet with me and other rail union leaders face to face to move these negotiations on. He has never once had the courtesy to reply."