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Tube chiefs seek long-term deal
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LU is offering a five-year pay deal
London Underground (LU) is proposing a long-term pay deal of up to five years covering all of its 12,000 staff.

Talks have begun between LU management and union leaders representing Tube drivers, signallers, station staff and administrative employees.

LU said the stability of a long-term agreement would be in the best interests of Tube staff and passengers.

However, Tube union RMT, which has 6,500 members, said they would not commit to any deal longer than a year.

"Committing ourselves further than a year, would leave us hostage to economic fortune," said an RMT spokesman.

Relations between LU and the unions have been strained in recent months and have led to two strikes since the beginning of the year.

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