More peace talks in bid to avert further tube disruption

Talks
aimed at averting another London Underground (LUL) strike over pay and
conditions are due to take place today.

Bosses
of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will meet managers at LUL
headquarters.

LUL
says it will discuss an offer of 3.5 per cent for this year, with an inflation
plus 0.5 per cent rise next year, and a 35-hour week for all staff by 2006.

The
union claims the deal could lead to 800 job losses and wants LUL to hand
negotiations over to London mayor Ken Livingstone after previous talks ended in
deadlock.

Last
week’s 24-hour walkout by RMT members crippled the network, disrupting the journeys
of millions of Londoners.

By
Mike Berry

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