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Tube strike stalemate as crisis talks enter second day

A 24-hour walkout looms as Transport for London and Tube drivers' union have so far failed to reach a deal

Last-ditch talks to avert a 24-hour Tube strike on Thursday (October 6) failed to reach a deal on their first day.

Transport for London (TfL) and train drivers' union ASLEF were entering a second day of talks on Tuesday, to try to reach an agreement and avoid planned industrial action that would bring the Tube to a 24-hour standstill.

ASLEF drivers voted in favour of a day-long walkout following an ongoing dispute with London Underground about working hours and pay.

The Tube grinding to a virtual standstill for 24 hours would not only affect commuters, but also disrupt the journey of thousands of football fans heading to Wembley for England's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

The day-long strike would cause serious disruption to the Tube network with a severely reduced services operating on all lines.

Talks between ASLEF and transport chiefs are ongoing - Wednesday (October 4) is the latest point at which the strike could be called off.

ASLEF organiser, Finn Brennan, said: "There are four key issues in the dispute - reducing weekend working; giving drivers the option to reduce the numbers of shifts they work on a pro-rata basis; the option of four-day week rosters for those who want to volunteer for them; and improving career development and promotional opportunities."

He added: "If management are genuine about finding a resolution, then they should acknowledge what the real issues are and work with us to solve them."

Nigel Holness, director of network operations for London Underground, said: "We are committed to ensuring that our employees are able to maintain a good balance between their work and personal lives and we have been working closely with the unions on new ways to achieve this.

He added: "I encourage the ASLEF leadership to continue working with us constructively rather than moving towards unnecessary strike action. "

Here's everything you need to know about the October 5 London Underground strike :

  • London Overground and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) trains will be unaffected as they are operated separately.

  • All Tube lines will be operating a severely reduced service.

  • The strike will officially start at 12.01 am on Thursday (October 5) but not take effect until the early morning when the Tube service normally begins.

  • Mainline rail services will operate as normal but are expected to be busier than usual.

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