London commuters battle to beat second day of Tube strike
Published on May 1, 2014 12:26 AM
LONDON (REUTERS) - London commuters crammed onto trains and buses on Wednesday as the second day of a strike by Underground train workers halved the level of services across the city, with unions accusing transport bosses of endangering the safety of the public.
The walk-out that started on Monday evening is the second two-day strike this year and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is threatening a further three-day walk-out next week over plans to cut 250 ticket offices and 950 jobs.
But conciliation service ACAS said in a statement that talks aimed at resolving the dispute would be held on Friday with commuters hopeful the second walk-out would be suspended as was the case after a two-day strike in February.
The dispute is over a restructuring that Transport for London (TfL), which runs the city's transport network, says could save 50 million pounds (S$106 million) a year as most passengers now use electronic ticket cards but the union argues that the cuts will impact safety and the quality of service.
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