London Underground strikes called off as RMT hails victory

The strikes scheduled for Wednesday and Friday have been called off
The strikes scheduled for Wednesday and Friday have been called off - Sinai Noor/Shutterstock

London Underground strikes scheduled for this week have been called off at the 11th hour after “significant progress” was made in talks over jobs and conditions.

Around 3,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) had been due to walk out on Wednesday and Friday.

But following talks at Acas, the conciliation service, the RMT said it had managed to save jobs, prevent detrimental changes to rosters and secure protection of earnings around grading changes.

The union said: “The significant progress means that key elements have been settled, although there remain wider negotiations to be had in the job, pensions and working agreements dispute.”

‘Unity and power’ of RMT members

Mick Lynch, the RMT general secretary, said: “I congratulate all our members who were prepared to take strike action and our negotiations team for securing this victory in our Tube dispute. Without the unity and industrial power of our members, there is no way we would have been able to make the progress we have.

“We still remain in dispute over outstanding issues around pensions and working agreements, and will continue to pursue a negotiated settlement.”

Nick Dent, London Underground’s director of customer operations, said: “We are pleased that the RMT has withdrawn its planned industrial action this week and that the dispute on our change proposals in stations is now resolved.

“This is good news for London, and we will continue to work closely with our trade unions as we evolve London Underground to ensure we can continue to support the capital in the most effective way.”

Marina Glasgow, the Acas chief conciliator, said she was “pleased that significant progress has been made through Acas to help resolve this area of dispute”.

It comes as rail passengers face fresh disruption on Wednesday because of another strike by train drivers in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of Aslef, the the drivers’ union, will walk out at 16 train operators in England, coinciding with the final day of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Many parts of the country will have no services, with those that do run starting later and finishing earlier than usual. Operators warning of no services include Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Northern, Southeastern and TransPennine Express.

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