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London Tube Strike Still Planned as Unions Say No Talks Held

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Two unions representing around 10,000 London Underground workers still plan to begin a 24-hour strike tomorrow and haven’t scheduled formal talks with transportation authorities, spokesmen for the groups said.

“No talks currently scheduled this weekend,” Geoff Martin, a spokesman for the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, said today in an e-mailed reply to questions. “We remain available, but action definitely on.”

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association spokesman Tom Condon, and Lou Owen, a spokeswoman for ACAS, the U.K.’s state-funded mediator, also said in phone interviews that no formal talks are planned. Silka Kennedy-Todd, a Transport for London spokeswoman, said authorities are planning on the basis that the strike will go ahead.

The 24-hour strike over safety and staffing levels threatens to disrupt travel for 3.5 million commuters on Monday, Oct. 4. More than 100 additional buses, capacity for more than 10,000 extra river crossings and controlled taxi centers have been organized for the strike period, according to TFL’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net.

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