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New tube strike dates show Boris needs to get off the sidelines and engage with staff concerns - Len Duvall AM

Commenting on the announcement by the RMT of two further underground strikes announced for 25th/26th and 27th/28th August, Leader of the London Assembly Labour Group Len Duvall AM said:

“With this disruptive dispute continuing to rumble on it’s time for the Mayor to get off the side-lines and to start actively engaging with staff concerns. Londoners want this dispute settled, fast. That’s only ever going to happen through negotiation. We need to see both sides seriously committing to talks to avoid further chaos for the capital’s commuters.

“It’s clear Boris Johnson wanted the Night Tube to be one of his key legacies as London Mayor but by rushing it through without proper planning, consultation or negotiation with staff his actions have led to one of the worst industrial disputes in years. It’s time for him to admit that this is a problem of his own creation and start taking steps to resolve this stalemate instead of just moaning to the media. I understand the Mayor has never met the trade union leadership, its time he did.”

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