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London mayor Ken Livingstone told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this ...
London mayor Ken Livingstone told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this

morning London underground drivers had no option but to call today's strike,

but that it was the fault of management.

'This is a completely unnecessary strike. Both the unions involved have said

they would go to arbitration', Mr Livingstone said. Arbitration would

probably produce a deal that added another 1/2 to 3/4 of a percent to their

pay increase, he said, whereas the strike will cost London at least£60m -

much more than pay costs.

Mr Livingstone said he will prevent strikes on the undergound by offering a

three or four year pay deal to London underground workers next year, when he

takes over responsibility for the tube.

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