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RMT Tube Strike – London First comment

Transport Union RMT have announced 48 hours of strike from 9th June through to 11th June 2009.

A spokesman from business organisation London First said:

“The RMT are flushing Londoners’ efforts to cope with the recession down the Tube. Most of the 3 million daily Tube users are working hard to survive the downturn. Many have tolerated pay freezes or cuts; some have even lost their jobs. But the RMT is ready to jeopardise their efforts, in a vain attempt to preserve unnecessary and duplicated jobs and an inflated pay claim.

“These strikes will cost London’s economy around £50million per day and risk sending an unfortunate message to visitors and investors: that London’s transport systems are unreliable.”

Notes to Editors
London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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