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Tube strike: Letter from Boris Johnson

June 10, 2009

This has just been received from the  Mayor of London about the threatened tube strike next week:-

Dear Paul,

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of LondonAs you will have heard, the RMT leadership have confirmed they are going on strike from 7pm tonight, for 48 hours. Londoners and commuters trying to do their level best to cope with the most challenging economic climate for a long time will be furious with this decision.

It is quite simply outrageous for the leadership of the RMT to ask their members, the majority of whom did not vote for this strike, to take part in this ludicrous and unnecessary disruption to our city.

Talks were going well last night, and agreement was in sight. But at the last minute, the RMT leadership put in a demand that London Underground re-instate two drivers sacked for serious disciplinary offences – throwing a huge spanner in the works.

We will do our utmost to keep Londoners moving while the implacable RMT leadership continue to posture. My message to the RMT is that strike action will not move the prospect of a deal an inch closer. I urge them to stop disrupting the lives of millions of people, put the needs of their members and of Londoners first, get back to the table and reach an agreement.

I am determined to do everything in my power to help make your journey as hassle free as possible during the strike. I’ve set out below some of the alternative measures available to keep London moving. There will be more buses, more river services, taxi sharing and opportunities to cycle. For up to the minute travel information and more options, please visit

Over the next two days, those staff not on strike will be doing their best to keep London moving. These will be the unsung heroes, the hard working men and women who take pride in delivering a great service. It will be a tough time for everyone, and I ask for your patience.

All the best,

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

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