Tube strikes threaten.

Londoners have 48 hours of travel misery to look forward to next week with the news that yet another Tube strike will be staged in a row over staff transfers and pensions. According to RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, “The RMT executive was left with no choice but to set strike dates”, but this will be little comfort to Londoners, who last time had to endure fights on the street for a place on the bus home, and horrendously congested roads.

This will be the 17th strike in the 8 years Ken Livingstone has been Mayor of London, and Boris Johnson has decided it’s time something decisive was done about the situation.

Boris has a plan to deal once and for all with endless Tube strikes. If elected as London’s Mayor, he will negotiate a no-strike deal with the unions, in return for which he will ensure there is independent binding arbitration to guarantee a fair deal for Tube workers.

To download a special campaign leaflet that is being handed out at stations this afternoon on the Tube strike, please click here.

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About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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