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02/05/01
Union Leader Backs No Strike Call
- Underground bosses get lift from TUC on eve of Tube strike

TUBE workers are coming under increasing pressure to call off their strike, planned for tomorrow, even from within the Trade Union movement.

Talks involving the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and London Underground failed to break the deadlock between the two sides last night and is was assumed that the one-day stoppage would go ahead.

But then came the intervention of John Monks, the leader of the Trades Union Congress, the co-ordinating body to which the RMT belongs. Monks is worried by a threat from Tube bosses to withdraw any concessions already made in negotiations .

"London Underground have made clear that the current proposed agreement, with the important guarantees it provides, will no longer be on the table if the strike goes ahead."

The dispute arises from the government's proposed privatisation scheme for the Underground which has raised fears over safety and job losses among union members.



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