This week's proposed tube strikes have been postponed until September. The decision follows talks between union leaders and Transport for London, mediated by conciliation service Acas. The dispute centres around the work/life balance of drivers (more here), with the upcoming but delayed introduction of the Night Tube 24-hour weekend services.
Members of three unions, RMT, TSSA and Unite, had previously announced two 24-hour strikes, from 9pm on Tuesday 25 August and 9pm on Thursday 27 August. All three have now confirmed that they will not be striking this week as a goodwill gesture. However, fresh strikes are now planned for 8 and 10 September if outstanding issues are not resolved.
Credit to BBC London's Tom Edwards, who's been standing outside the RMT headquarters in the driving rain for the past hour or two in order to break the news.
Update 5.15pm - word spread that all three unions had called off strike action based on the word of a Unite rep. However, the RMT and TSSA unions have yet to speak.
Update 5.20pm - the RMT has now announced it will not strike this week.
Update 5.25pm - word is that the strikes will now take place on 8 and 10 September.