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21/03/01
Tube Strike Starts Tonight
- Talks break down as safety becomes key battleground

LONDON UNDERGROUND workers will definitely go ahead with their planned strike tomorrow after talks between the RMT union and Tube management broke down last night.

"This is a needless stoppage. London doesn't need it," said a spokesperson for the Underground of the 24 hour stoppage that will start to have an effect on travellers by around 10pm this evening.

That is a point many Londoners will contest as the RMT is taking strike action mainly over safety fears that have arisen out of the government's planned privatisation of the Tube system, a scheme that is hugely unpopular with commuters as well as rail staff.

Nevertheless the government looks set to push through with the plan and are now clearly out to blacken the name of Bob Kiley, the American brought in by London Mayor Ken Livingstone to eventually take control of the Tube.

Kiley has been steadfast in his opposition to the break up and sell off of the Underground, citing safety as his main worry, but today Minister for London Keith Hill railed against the former boss of the New York subway. Hill called into question Kiley's achievements in the Big Apple, saying New York's safety record was worse that that of London.




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