UPDATED: New strike threat

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Tube standstill

UPDATE: The strike threat has been lifted today. John Woods from Acas issued the following statement:

Following three days of talks led by the conciliation service Acas, London Underground, Unite and TSSA have arrived at a position where the trade unions will withdraw the strike action due to take place over the Bank Holiday weekend.


No, not about ticket office closures this time. From the Standard:

Tube workers are threatening a "complete closedown" of the London Underground network over the bank holiday weekend amid a dispute over working conditions.

The Unite trade union said 40 technicians in the London Underground power control room are planning to walk out from one minute past midnight on Saturday until Tuesday morning.

The technicians, based in TfL's power control room, are key to providing power to 270 stations in the network.

Talks to resolve this 'complex' issue - over the transfer of obligations from LU to other organisations and back again - are due to begin again on Wednesday at Acas.

Should talks fail, the 40 technicians could effectively cripple the network of 270 stations. LU have stated that they have a contingency plan in place, although any moves to ease the disruption may be challenged by the fact that ORR rules state that managers are not allowed to touch electrical equipment unless they have the proper authorisation.

Because of safety concerns - and to prevent passengers being stranded - any strike action would begin to bite on Friday night, with full services resuming on Tuesday morning.

We wish those involved in the talks well.