Mick Cash, leader of the RMT representing 3,500 station staff, said talks at Acas broke up late yesterday without agreement and that Tube bosses needed to come back today with a “radically improved package” covering jobs and safety.
The Tube’s four million passengers were left waiting until the last moment today not knowing if they will have a train service on Monday.
Passengers were told to try to complete their journeys by 6pm on Sunday.
Last-ditch peace talks took place at Acas, the conciliation service, to try and prevent a walkout by up to 4,000 station and ticket staff from 8pm Sunday and lasting all day Monday.
The unions say 800 jobs were lost – a figure not disputed by Tube bosses – and all ticket offices closed under former Mayor Boris Johnson to save cash and there are now not enough staff to operate the system safely.
Tube bosses said all inner London stations – Zone 1 – are expected to be closed; there will be no service on the Victoria and Waterloo amp; City lines; Piccadilly line trains will only operate between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 but there will be no service to Terminals 4 or 5.