By Claire West

RMT, the transport industry union has confirmed that action remains on and that ex-Metronet (maintenance and engineering) staff will begin their first 24-hour strike at 17:00 on September 6, with similar action also scheduled to begin at the same time on Sunday October 3; Tuesday November 2, and Sunday November 28.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:

“After weeks of dragging their heels over talks around the issues of staffing levels and safety at the heart of this dispute RMT is pleased that London Undergound have now recognised the importance of using the negotiating machinery to open up these urgent discussions.

“The industrial action remains on and in light of the recent incidents involving fires at Euston and Oxford Circus and the runaway train on the Northern Line there are no grounds for compromising on safety and safe staffing levels.”

“The mayor was elected on a promise of maintaining safe staffing levels and retaining ticket offices and he is doing the opposite, planning to leave stations and platforms dangerously understaffed and threatening to turn the network into a muggers’ paradise.”