Tube Strike Due to Start on Sunday Suspended

Union claims London Underground has agreed to cancel 60% of planned job losses

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Industrial action by station staff who are members of the RMT union planned to take place from this Sunday has been called off.

The union says it cancelled the action after London Underground (LU) agreed to not to proceed with 60% of its planned job cuts. There were 953 job losses planned under proposals brought forward under the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, but the RMT claim that 533 have now been reinstated.

General Secretary Mick Cash said, “The fighting stance taken by RMT members since the jobs cull on our tube stations was first announced has reversed nearly 60% of those savage cuts. That is a tremendous victory and a reflection of the resilience and determination of our reps and the membership right across London Underground. We will now continue to work on implementation of the new staffing arrangements at the local level and as always RMT remains eternally vigilant.

The other union that was planning strike action, the TSSA, had announced on Monday they would not be joining the strike as the felt the proposals made by LU "paved the way for a resolution".

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has said he was "delighted" that the strikes were not going ahead. He said the proposals were "an excellent deal that will ensure commuters get the service they need... and it will fix the mess created by the previous mayor".

According to the mayor's office the proposals agreed with both unions would see the recruitment of 325 new members of staff, 200 of whom will be full-time.

February 3, 2017

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