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08/02/01
Tube Boss to Meet Unions
- New Safety Panel could be enough to stop another strike

NEW TUBE Chief Bob Kiley will today meet with leaders of ASLEF, the train drivers union that organised yesterday's successful strike on London Underground.

Every tube line, bar a skeleton service on the Victoria Line, suffered a total black out as drivers struck over their fears for both passenger safety and their own jobs, should the Underground be privatised, as planned by the government.

Kiley and the man who appointed him, London Mayor Ken Livingstone, are also against the government privatisation plans, but themselves favour a bond-issue that would also involve private money, and hence surely influence, over the Tube network

Nevertheless, the signs are that ASLEF leader Mick Rix is ready to compromise with Kiley, so long as the former New York subway boss can make certain guarantees on safety and jobs. It is thought likely a deal will be hatched whereby ASLEF and the larger RMT rail union will be represented on a new safety panel for the Underground.

However, it is hard to see Kiley agreeing to ASLEF demands for no redundancies in the event of a change in financial arrangements on the Tube, whether under the government's Public Private Partnership or the Bond scheme.

Failure to reach a compromise over the next few days will mean ASLEF will go ahead with its second one-day strike, planned for next Monday.




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