Struck Out

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that the Prime Minister has expressed support for the idea of banning tube strikes and replacing them with a system of binding pendulum arbitration, what steps will you take to help ensure that this reform, which in polls has consistently been shown to have the strong support of Londoners, is implemented?


Answer for Struck Out

Answer for Struck Out

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have said in previous answers, I agree that Londoners need relief and protection from the disruptive impacts of threatened or actual strike action on the Underground, a course of action pursued too readily and with insufficient mandate by trades unions over many years. 

As in my 2012 manifesto, I continue to believe that the way forward is to require unions to have a 50 per cent turnout threshold in order for strike action to be lawful. I have repeatedly made this case to the Government and will keep on doing so.