Tube strike inevitable after talks breakdown

Talks
to avert the 24-hour Tube strike scheduled to begin tomorrow at 8pm have broken
down.

London
Underground and the RMT rail union failed to reach agreement and London is now
near a total shutdown of the network.

Disruption
may be compounded as hundreds of members of the main train drivers’ union
Aslef, which is not involved in the dispute, are expected to refuse to cross
RMT picket lines in support of their colleagues, which may impact on mainline
services.

The
RMT ordered the stoppage after claiming safety will be compromised if the
network is part-privatisatised.

By Quentin Reade

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