RMT Suspends Planned Strike on the Underground

Industrial action called off after progress in talks on Night Tube grade

The dispute would have affected tube services for most of the week
The dispute would have affected tube services for most of the week

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The RMT union have suspended strike action by tube drivers planned for later this month after progress in talks with management over the issue of the change in rostering for Night Tube drivers.

A meeting was held at the conciliation service ACAS on Friday (20 August) which the union’s executive deemed had provided sufficient grounds to abandon the action. However, the union says it remains in dispute and further discussion are to take place.

The union believes that the scrapping of a separate pay grade for Night Tube drivers has a negative impact on their members. However, unions representing other drivers have accepted the arrangements put in place since the Night Tube was suspended.

The drivers were due to walk out for 24 hours from noon on Tuesday August 24 and Thursday August 26.

TfL had warned that it would mean a significantly reduced service on all Tube lines for most of the week particularly as the network is already being impacted by drivers having to self-isolate after being pinged by the NHS app.

Nick Dent, director of customer operations for London Underground, said, “We have made changes to the way we roster drivers to help us provide a regular Tube service.

“They have also helped to create more flexibility for many of our drivers and have resulted in no job losses.

“We have been able to return the Waterloo & City line to service as a result of these changes, and they will help as we continue to work on fully restoring other parts of the Tube service.

“Our drivers have been vital in keeping the Tube running during the pandemic, ensuring that key workers could move around the city during the lockdowns and helping fuel London’s recovery in more recent weeks.

“This new arrangement means that all drivers have been given the opportunity for full-time work and long-term job certainty, while Londoners can continue to rely on the regularity of Tube services.”

General Secretary Mick Lynch said, "We remain in dispute and will be engaging in further discussions with a view to reaching a settlement.

"I want to thank our reps and our members on London's Underground whose hard work, resolve and unity has been decisive in terms of the progress we have been able ‎to achieve so far."

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August 22, 2021

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