RMT to go ahead with its planned London Tube strike as talks failed

Thousands of commuters in London may suffer travel disruptions next week as the Rail, Maritime & Transport (RMT) union's planned three-day Tube strike is set to go ahead.

RMT leaders recently held talks with some senior executives from the management of London Underground, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement to end strike. The union resorted to industrial action in protest of the Transport for London's (TfL's) plans to close all ticket offices, which would likely result in as many as 960 job losses.

The upcoming strike will be the third and likely the most disruptive walkout to hit London commuters as it will affect transport services for most of the week. The three-day strike is scheduled to start on 9.30pm on 5th of May and run through Thursday evening.

RMT's Mick Cash said, "It is a cynical and politically motivated move that means that avoidable action now goes ahead as our members continue the fight for jobs, services and safety."

John Leach, from the union, said that London Underground management did not take up their offer, which forced them to go ahead with the plans to launch the three-day strike.

On the other hand, London Mayor Boris Johnson criticized RMT leaders, accusing them of holding London to ransom. Mr. Johnson also argued that RMT, unlike other unions, opted to strike with a support of just 30 per cent of its members. He added that RMT was refusing to play its part in shaping the future of the underground transportation system.

Mr. Johnson claimed that the Victorian era ticket offices were in use by less than 3 per cent of travelers, but those ticket officers cost Londoners nearly £50 million per year.

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