London at the mercy of militant unions who have Sadiq Khan over a barrel

Sadiq Khan is at the mercy of militant unions which are demanding a new deal for workers amid warnings London's transport network will be buckle under the pressure once the lockdown eases.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash is today forcing through a new deal for workers, demanding higher pay and a public service, 'free from the grip of private speculation.'

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen told MailOnline: 'As always with Labour politicians , Sadiq Khan is completely in hock to his Union paymasters.' 

This comes after a damning leaked report by the London Strategic Co-ordination Group (SCG), seen by the BBC, said the network would be unable to cope with an influx of commuters and need four weeks' notice to cope with the surge in demand.  

It stated the capacity of the Tube and buses would be cut to 15% and 12% respectively compared with normal levels, if a six-foot space between passengers was enforced.  

Yesterday, Mr Cash said he was not 'willing to jeopardise the health and safety of workers.' 

In a blog post this morning, he added: 'One thing is for sure, once it is proven as safe enough for us to move out of the lockdown and begin the process of moving back to some kind of normal operation things will never be the same again.'  

A number of London councillors have also hit out at the Mayor this morning, after Councillor Selina Seesunkur shared a picture of a packed Tube and accused Mr Khan of 'negligence.'

She added: 'You have completely failed to manage any part of this lockdown.'

Conservative Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey hit out at Khan for spending millions on creative arts during the pandemic.  

He said: '£2.3 million on concert venues or £2.1 million for PPE (masks and gloves) to protect 60,000 TfL workers, for 30 days. Sadiq Khan has made his choice. I know what mine would be.'

Passengers at Canning Town Underground Station, waiting for a Jubilee Line train this morning

Passengers at Canning Town Underground Station, waiting for a Jubilee Line train this morning 

Passengers on a jubilee line train at rush hour this morning, where social distancing was impossible

Passengers on a jubilee line train at rush hour this morning, where social distancing was impossible 

Sadiq Khan is at the mercy of militant unions which are demanding a new deal for workers

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash is today forcing through a new deal for workers, demanding higher pay and a public service, 'free from the grip of private speculation.'

Sadiq Khan is at the mercy of militant unions which are demanding a new deal for workers. Right, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash is today forcing through a new deal for workers, demanding higher pay and a public service, 'free from the grip of private speculation.'

The platform at Canning Town underground Station was packed this morning, amid a vast reduction in services

The platform at Canning Town underground Station was packed this morning, amid a vast reduction in services

Latest figures show tube journeys during lockdown are down 95%, while bus passengers are down 85% on last year. This suggests social-distancing and lack of staff will mean tubes could only take another 10% of passengers, while buses will have capacity for just 3% more people. 

Tweeting an image of a busy carriage, Cllr Seesunkur wrote: 'This is the @TfL central line at 6.30am today. My sister is trying to get to work (#hospital). It was empty when she boarded @SadiqKhan this is s complete failure on your part. You have completely failed to manage any part of this #lockdown. Negligence springs to mind!

Mr Cash wrote today: 'RMT has called out those employers at every turn and we have exposed their failures as leverage to force them back into line.

'One thing is for sure, once it is proven as safe enough for us to move out of the lockdown and begin the process of moving back to some kind of normal operation things will never be the same again.

'If rail and other services can be taken over wholesale by the state to protect them during a crisis then they can be taken over on a permanent basis when that crisis subsides as a public service free from the grip of private speculation.' 

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: ‘London Underground need to urgently engage with unions so that, together, we can work out how services can be increased in a way that is safe. Safe for passengers, and safe for rail staff. If they don’t, then we risk the service collapsing completely. There is no point in pretending that social distancing is possible for passengers on the Underground. That is why other major metro systems are insisting that masks are worn.’ 

London commuters this morning admitted that an unofficial lifting of the coronavirus lockdown was underway as they returned to the capital's underground network, leading once again to busy carriages and packed platforms.

The past few weeks of lockdown have witnessed London's Tubes being used mainly by key workers or building workers.

Many of the key workers have hit out at Mayor Sadiq Khan, fuming they are forced into busy Tubes on a daily basis and say construction workers using the packed trains 'outnumber NHS staff'.

But fears of more packed trains have increased as passengers from other walks of life also descend on the transport network as offices and shops reopen and people become

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