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Tube strikes cancelled

Tube union RMT has confirmed that strikes due to start on Tuesday evening on London Underground over the threat to jobs, working and conditions and services has been suspended following progress in talks hosted by ACAS yesterday.

Thanks to both the solidarity and determination of our members, and the hard work of our negotiators in the ACAS talks, RMT has been able to secure significant movement in three key areas which have allowed our executive to suspend both the action scheduled for next week and the on-going overtime ban. The substantial improvements we have agreed allow us to move forwards but the Union’s core opposition to the austerity-led cuts on London Underground has not shifted an inch and we remain vigilant to further developments and their impact.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

Tube peace talks end with no mention of progress

Talks between the RMT and London Underground to try and avert strike action have ended for the day with no mention of progress on either side.

The conciliation service ACAS, who were hosting the talks, said the parties had gone away to 'reflect':

The RMT union has instructed its members to walk about from 9pm next Tuesday for 48 hours in a long running dispute over tube ticket office closures.

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Mayor calls for more research into dementia as major charities and pharmaceutical companies meet in London

Mayor Boris Johnson has called for more investment into a International Dementia Research Institute. This comes as early analysis shows that tackling the problem of dementia via an institute could contribute £850 million to the UK economy and nearly 2000 jobs.

Today some of the leading pharmaceutical companies and charities will meet at City Hall to discuss the concept of an International Dementia Research Institute which would aim to speed up tackling the illness.

"Dementia is a major global challenge and has devastating consequences for the lives of affected people and their families, social care needs and economic prosperity. The London-Oxford-Cambridge 'golden triangle' has been at the forefront of groundbreaking medical and scientific research for decades, with some of the best universities in the world, a rich array of pharmaceutical companies, unrivalled connectivity and risk-hungry venture capitalists. An International Dementia Research Institute based here would boost our life sciences' offer, with enormous potential to deliver benefits for patients, families and other carers, while delivering huge savings to the economy."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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Your views: Do you back next week's Tube strike?

Members of the RMT Union will walkout for 48 hours on Tuesday night after the breakdown of long-running negotiations. Do you back the walkout? Go to our Facebook page or Tweet us @itvlondon

Christine Clark Any excuse. Train new operatives and get rid of this lot. There are plenty who would like their jobs.

Samantha Gardiner They are getting rid of the staff and planning not to replace them. So no staff on the stations. So when something goes wrong what will happen?

Gerry Walshe They are closing ticket offices. Hardly anyone uses them. TFL still need to legally have a certain amount of operating staff at a station before they can operate. So yes, there will be staff at stations!

Tube workers will take strike action next week

London Underground workers will take strike action next week it was announced today. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union have been instructed not to book shifts between 2100 hrs on Tuesday October the 14th and 2059 hrs on Thursday October 16th

This is the latest phase in RMT's Every Job Matters campaign in a long running dispute over Tube ticket office closures. After a recent meeting of reps it was decided that the limited progress made had not been enough and the only option was to move back to strike action.

"RMT will not stand back and allow Government-driven austerity cuts to hollow out the Tube system and leave it as a dangerous shell. We are also fully aware that the current cuts are just part of a multi-billion pound attack that will include such lethal ideas as driverless-operation. "The strike action next week is designed to force the mayor to instruct his senior officials to back away from this toxic cuts package and engage in serious and meaningful negotiations."

– RMT general secretary Mick Cash

Boris to make final decision on Royal Mail flats

Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant site in North London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson is today expected to approve controversial plans to redevelop land at Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant sorting office in North London.

The proposals include hundreds of flats but have been criticised for their low proportion of affordable homes.

The mayor chose to take the final decision away from Islington and Camden councils after a request by Royal Mail.

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