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Transport for London 'pleased' industrial action is suspended

We have held over eighty meetings in the past eleven months with the Trade Unions and we’ve already seen good progress through the process of consultation, including the number of post reductions falling from 953 to 897. We anticipate this will reduce even further through the process of continued discussions and local consultation. We have adhered to every single one of the commitments we made to our staff, including delivering on our guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and offering a job for anyone who wants to stay with us with no loss of pay. We will continue to consult with staff and trades unions while we implement our proposals to modernise and improve the Tube service for our customers. In future we will have more staff than ever before visible and available to help our customers buy the right ticket or use their contactless payment card, plan their journeys and keep them safe and secure.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground

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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

New trains to 'recreate the ambiance of the living room'

Credit: Transport for London

The new tube trains will have air-conditioning and walk-through carriages for the first time on the “deep-level” lines, as well as wider doors and step-free access. London Underground claim the interiors will 'recreate the ambiance of the living room, with new levels of comfort for seats and vestibules, pools of lights and electronic notice boards.'

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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