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Tube Union Calls on Members Not to Sell Tickets After Strike

Union leaders representing Tube workers called on members not to sell tickets or answer questions posed by passengers to mark their continued opposition to job cuts and ticket-office closures.

Staff should also leave barriers open when safe to do so, allowing people to travel for free, the Rail, Maritime & Transport union said on its website. Labor leaders met with London Underground managers today after a two-day strike shut stations and snarled traffic, with another walkout due Feb. 11.

The Tube, which usually carries more than 3.3 million people on weekdays, operated more than one-third of its usual services yesterday to 75 percent of stations. Talks between unions and London Underground will resume Monday and next week’s strike action “remains on,” the RMT said in a statement.

The RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association called the strike over plans to scrap ticket booths with the loss of more than 750 jobs, spurred by the use of Oyster swipe cards that automatically open gates after being charged with credit.

Some 91 percent of regular Oyster users traveled yesterday, while demand for public bicycle-hire services rose more than 50 percent, said Transport for London, which oversees the network.

Next week’s planned walkout is also slated to span 48 hours, with the London Chamber of Commerce putting the economic cost at 50 million pounds ($81 million) a day.

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