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|Strike Knocks Out Ten Tube Lines|
- First of three-day travel chaos in dispute over job security
TEN Tube lines were out of action today, the of a three-day strike by London Underground maintenance workers worried about the impact of the recent financial meltdown of their employer, Metronet.
"We have been seeking simple, unqualified guarantees from Metronet and its administrator that there will be no job losses, forced transfers or pensions cuts, and we have not had them," said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.
That take on the situation is disputed by Transport for London, which oversees the Tube system, though it is not the direct employer of maintenance workers.
"The RMT have been given cast iron guarantees that no staff will lose jobs, pensions or be transferred as a result of Metronet's collapse," said a TfL spokesperson.
Only two Tube lines - the Jubilee and Northern - were running normally this morning. The maintenance contracts for these lines are not with Metronet.
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