Potters Bar MP warns tube strike will stop people getting to work

PUBLISHED: 12:19 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 05 February 2016

Oliver Dowden speaking in the House of Commons

Oliver Dowden speaking in the House of Commons

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Potters Bar’s MP has attacked a looming London Underground strike in Parliament, warning it will stop people getting to work on Monday morning.

The RMT union has called a 48-hour walkout from 0859pm on Saturday over proposals to close ticket offices and change shifts.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden asked Nick Boles, minister of state for business, education and skills yesterday: “The proposed tube strike this weekend will add misery to the Monday morning commute of many of my constituents, yet the strike will be conducted on the basis of a mandate dating from June 2015.

“Does the minister agree that such disruptive action should be undertaken only on the basis of a fresh mandate from union members?”

Mr Boles replied: “It should not be possible to call a strike on the basis of an out-of-date mandate, and we are legislating to stop that.

“We are clear and our candidate to be mayor of London is clear on that, but Labour wants to oppose this measure and support tube strikes that will prevent people who are paid a lot less than tube drivers from getting to work over the weekend.”

Talks continue between the RMT and Transport for London, and the union says it will ask for arbitration from Acas if managers don’t go some way to meeting their concerns.


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