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OCTOBER TUBE STRIKE OFF: Strike action on TfL London Underground SUSPENDED following progress

London Underground Limited (LUL) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) have made substantial strides in their negotiations, resulting in the suspension of the proposed strike action set to take place this week.

Over 3,000 members of the RMT were planning to stage a strike on Wednesday 4 October and Friday 6 October, but these plans have now been cancelled.

After extensive discussions at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), the RMT say they have successfully safeguarded crucial jobs, prevented unfavourable changes to working schedules, and secured the preservation of earnings related to grading adjustments. While there are still broader negotiations to be held on the matters of employment, pensions, and working agreements, this significant progress marks a major breakthrough in the ongoing dispute.

As a result of the positive developments, tube services, including the Elizabeth line, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and London Trams, will continue to operate at their regular schedules throughout the week.

Nick Dent, Director of Customer Operations for London Underground, said: “We are pleased that the RMT has withdrawn its planned industrial action this week and that the dispute on our change proposals in stations is now resolved. This is good news for London and we will continue to work closely with our trade unions as we evolve London Underground to ensure we can continue to support the capital in the most effective way."

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "I congratulate all our members who were prepared to take strike action and our negotiations team for securing this victory in our tube dispute.

"Without the unity and industrial power of our members, there is no way we would have been able to make the progress we have.

"We still remain in dispute over outstanding issues around pensions and working agreements and will continue to pursue a negotiated settlement."


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