IJL under threat from RMT and TSSA Tube strike
03-Sep-10by Annie Byrne
The 2010 edition of Reed’s International Jewellery London (IJL) exhibition at Earls Court could be affected by Tube strikes planned by the leadership of the RMT and TSSA unions.Unions are threatening to disrupt Londoners, despite Transport for London’s (TfL) assurances that staffing changes proposed by London Underground will mean no compulsory redundancies. The Tube strikes are expected to last from the afternoon of Monday 6 September until the end of Tuesday 7 September, right in the middle of this year’s IJL, which takes place on 5-8 September.In anticipation of travel chaos, London mayor Boris Johnson and TfL have unveiled plans to help people get around the capital if the strike goes ahead. Around a hundred extra buses, escorted bike rides, marshalled taxi ranks, and capacity for 10,000 more journeys on the Thames have been organised to help keep Londoners moving.Volunteers will also be positioned at Tube, bus, and rail stations to assist Londoners with their journeys and provide maps and other useful information."Londoners are a hardy bunch and I am sure a Tube strike will not deter us from getting around. I have asked TfL to pull out all the stops,” said Johnson. “We must be clear that the RMT and TSSA plan to inconvenience Londoners for no good reason. The extra measures we have put in call for a team effort and people will need to consider buses, boats or bikes as an alternative to their usual journeys. “But this planned action will cause disruption for millions of Londoners and I call on the unions to get round the table and show common sense."London Overground, Tramlink, and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services will be operating as normal, although some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected.