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Talks to avert second Tube strike to resume next week

  • 7 February 2014
  • From the section London
Passengers during the Tube strike
Millions of commuters were hit as Tube staff walked out for 48 hours over ticket office closures

Talks to resolve a dispute over plans to close all Tube ticket offices and cut jobs will resume on Monday in an attempt to avert a second strike.

The network was thrown into chaos for 48 hours after members of the RMT and TSSA walked out on Tuesday night. Normal services resumed on Friday.

The unions plan to strike for another 48 hours from 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Transport for London (TfL) has said its proposals, which would lead to 960 job losses, would save £50m a year.

London Underground management and the unions have been in talks, which have been adjourned for the day.

Union leaders and transport bosses arriving for talks
London Underground, the RMT and TSSA unions held talks at Acas

A spokesman for the conciliation service Acas said: "Talks took place at Acas and the parties have adjourned to consider their positions.

"All parties have agreed to continue with further discussions on Monday."

RMT leader Bob Crow said: "We will return to the issues on Monday and the strike action scheduled for Tuesday remains on."

London Underground's chief operating officer Phil Hufton said: "We saw some good progress made today.

"We've had very constructive talks and we're going to consider our positions over the weekend with a view to coming back here on Monday to continue our discussions."

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