The 48-hour tube strike that was set to affect London from this evening has been suspended.
Earlier today, the TSSA union announced that its members would no longer be taking industrial action, having ‘agreed a process where all our serious concerns over safety & job losses can be addressed’. The RMT union has now indicated its own suspension.
The decision comes after 11 days of negotiation involving conciliation service Acas. At this stage, the strike is ‘suspended’ rather than ‘cancelled’. London Underground and the unions will now enter ‘two months of intensive talks, to examine LU’s proposals in detail, during which time there will be no further industrial action’.
RMT leader Bob Crow said: “We now have a golden opportunity to look again in detail at all of the concerns we have raised about the impact of the cuts on our members and the services that they provide to Londoners. That is exactly what we have been calling for throughout this dispute.”
For more detail on the reasons behind the strikes, see our previous article.