26 November 2010

Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member calls for Boris to get a grip as London faces tube strike

Valerie Shawcross, Labour Member of the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark, has called on Boris Johnson to "get a grip" as London faces another Tube strike starting on Sunday evening.

Val who acts as the Labour Transport spokesperson at City Hall said "How many more times will Londoners have their commute ruined because of the Mayor's failure to get a grip? I have leaflets Boris Johnson handed out when he was trying to get elected two years ago saying he had a plan to end strikes once and for all but it seems things are just getting worse. He needs to end his stubborn, childish attitude of not talking to the unions, get around the table and sort this out."

A 24-hour strike by thousands of London Underground workers will go ahead from Sunday evening after hopes of a resolution to the dispute over ticket office job losses collapsed.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said the strike will begin at 6.30pm on Sunday.

Boris Johnson said in his election literature that he "has a plan to deal once and for all with endless Tube strikes." He said he "will be pro-active and negotiate a no-strike deal with the unions".

The Mayor also promised to "stop the planned ticket office closures" and signed a petition to keep them open.

In official answers, the Mayor admitted he has not met once with the trade unions to discuss his promised no-strike deal. He said in September: "I have not spoken directly with union leaders but with plenty of people in Government"