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The RMT (Rail Maritime and Transport union) said more than 2,300 members would start their planned strike at 1800 tonight (3/9/07 planned to last 72 hours). The maintenance workers are striking in response to fears of job losses due to the maintenance firm Metronet going bust. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "There has been no contact over the weekend from Metronet or the administrator so as far as we are concerned the strike will definitely go ahead."
Ken Livingstone said all Metronet employees had been given written assurances that there would be no reduction in jobs, transfers or loss of pension. He said: "It would be incomprehensible to disrupt the lives of millions of Londoners and lose their members significant amounts of pay when all of the assurances they have asked for have been given."
Who's telling porkies then, Ken or Bob?
I'll keep this post updated with the latest developments on the strike.
UPDATE 1: If the strike goes ahead, services on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines will start being reduced from about 16:30. But the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines would be running.
UPDATE 2: Transport for London (TfL) said it hoped the strike would not happen. But passengers are warned to complete their journeys by 1700.
UPDATE 3: London Underground have said that services may not return to normal until Friday morning. Another 72-hour stoppage is planned for next Monday.
UPDATE 4: Click here for individual line news
UPDATE 5: The strike has started bringing the service to a halt on 9 lines. Only the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines are operating.
UPDATE 6: TUESDAY 14:20: The union (RMT) said it would meet Tube officials for strike talks at 1430.
UPDATE 7: WED 05:30: The strike is OVER but expect delays! - A spokesman said: "We are pleased the RMT has suspended its strike action at Metronet following the clarification of all jobs and pensions issues. We will now work to provide the best possible Tube service today. However as the strike was suspended so late yesterday it will take time for us to restore a full service on all Underground lines today. Passengers should check before they travel to see how Tube services are running."
UPDATE 8: Sun 9/9/07. The RMT and TSSA have suspended this week`s strike action. Expect services to run as normal - check live travel news for the latest information