Tube strike to go ahead with no further talks planned

Passengers at Waterloo Station Next week's strike will start at 21:00 BST on 5 May and will last for three days

A three-day Tube strike will go ahead as no further talks have been organised to take place between the RMT Union and London Underground (LU).

Members will go on strike for 72 hours from 21:00 BST on 5 May over plans to close ticket offices and cut 960 jobs.

Final talks were held on Friday at the conciliation service Acas.

Both sides said they were close to a deal but the RMT says that fell through when LU demanded the whole dispute and not just the strike be called off.

Both sides looked drained and exhausted after eight hours of intense talks.

Whispers of a deal had been emerging and both sides admit they weren't far off. At 18:15 the talks dramatically collapsed.

All of this is hampered by poor industrial relations - rooted in the ticket office dispute of 2010 - and what seems to be a severe lack of trust.

This is now an increasingly bitter and ugly dispute and commuters will be wondering where it will end.

How long will RMT members hold out? How many days of disruption can London Underground handle? And more importantly what kind of dysfunctional split company will be left at the end?

The RMT said it is still available for talks, however Acas said none is scheduled before Monday evening.

Speaking on Friday, RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said he was "angry" talks had broken down, adding that its negotiators had worked "flat out" to try to reach an agreement.

Phil Hufton, LU's chief operating officer, said the union was "intent on inflicting" further disruption on Londoners.

He also accused the RMT's leadership of failing to offer a "credible alternative" to the proposals.

TfL wants to cut £4.2bn by 2020. LU said closing all the ticket offices would save £50m a year.

The RMT and LU have met more than 40 times through Acas since a 48-hour strike was held in February.

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