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Sadiq Khan is accused of opening the door for MORE Tube strikes as senior people at TfL feel completely 'p****d off' after he found £30million from 'magic money tree' to halt this week's walkout

Sadiq Khan was last night accused of opening the door to more London Underground strikes after he found £30millon to stop this week's walkouts.


The Labour Mayor of London is said to have angered Tube drivers from the Aslef union, who were told less than a month ago that there was no more money to fund pay rises.


A week-long strike by London Underground workers was suspended at the eleventh hour after progress in talks with Transport for London.


Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were due to walk out from Monday until the end of the week in protest at a 5 per cent pay offer by Transport for London


The RMT announced on Sunday that it was suspending the planned strikes after progress in talks with TfL.


But Aslef tube drivers, who accepted a 5 per cent pay rise in November, are furious that more cash was stumped up to stop the RMT strikes.


The Labour Mayor of London (pictured) is said to have angered Tube drivers from the Aslef union, who were told less than a month ago that there was no more money to fund pay rises


A week-long strike by London Underground workers was suspended at the eleventh hour after progress in talks with Transport for London


A source told The Times: 'Their union told them in good faith that 5 per cent was the final offer from Transport for London (TfL) and that there was absolutely no more money.'


They added: 'For Khan to suddenly find the magic money tree for the RMT has undermined everything. Very senior people at TfL feel thoroughly p****d off because it has made them look like they lied to Aslef.'


Another union source said the move had 'poisoned' industrial relations with Mr Khan, telling the same paper: 'There will certainly now be more strikes ahead of the mayoral elections. Khan has been incredibly badly advised...


'There will be no trust on either side of the negotiating table in future.'


A spokesman for the Mayor said: 'The absolute worst outcome for London taxpayers and businesses would be a week of strike action causing huge disruption in the capital.


'The hospitality industry alone has warned of a £50million loss of income if strikes last throughout the week.


'Unions have been informed that further funds will be available so talks can be reopened and the strike action suspended. This follows the latest stages of the budget setting process at City Hall which happens every year.'

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