By Claire West
Unless a deal can be done on Monday between the RMT (The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) and TFL (Transport for London) it looks like London will suffer another two days of travel turmoil.
Although there were talks taking place according to ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) “The parties have adjourned to consider their positions & have agreed to continue discussions on Monday.”
If the planned strikes do go ahead then tube services will be disrupted from Tuesday evening and TFL urges all customers to plan ahead and to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk and by following @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
An interesting sideline to the dispute is the continuous bickering between Boris (Mayor of London) and Bob (RMT General Secretary Bob Crow) as to who has the biggest ‘mandate’.. Writing in The Telegraph, Boris says that:
“I remind you of the continuing scandal that this strike was triggered by 30 per cent of those RMT members balloted.”
However Bob, in a pre-emptive strike (excuse the pun) had pointed out that: “…the turn out in this ballot was higher than the last mayoral and GLA elections.”