Hurrah! Friday's Tube strike suspended by RMT

A 24-hour Tube strike planned for Friday has been called off after successful negotiations between Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and Transport for London (TfL).

Maintenance workers were due to walk out from 6.30am on Friday in a dispute over Tube track access changes.

TfL has now agreed to do a comprehensive safety review and delay changes by two weeks.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “The hard work of RMT’s negotiating team, backed by a determined and rock-solid workforce, has enabled us to secure a two-week block on these track access changes to allow for a comprehensive safety review prior to a return to Acas.

“The dispute remains live, further strike action remains in place from early March and action short of a strike also remains in force.

“The union has made itself available for the safety review and the continuing talks and we remain determined to secure a long-term agreement that protects the safety culture across London Underground.”

Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer at London Underground, said: “I welcome the RMT’s decision to suspend this action to allow for further talks to take place.

“Safety is always our top priority and we have robust and comprehensive procedures in place to ensure that any staff working on the track are kept safe.”

Take a look at a list of planned Tube strikes over the next few weeks:

06.30 Friday 12th February 2016 and 06.29 on Saturday 13th February 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 6th March 2016

06.30 Friday 25th March 2016 and 06.29 Saturday 26th March 2016

06.30 Sunday 27th March 2016 and 06.29 Monday 28th March 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 24th April 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 15th May 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 12th June 2016

 

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