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.
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.'
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':
Tube talks at Acas today adjourned at 6.45pm. The parties have gone away to reflect on the discussions that have taken place.
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.
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!
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."
The Mayor's office has confirmed to ITV London that Boris Johnson has declined a challenge by paralympian Hannah Cockcroft to spend a day in a wheelchair using the tube network to get around.
The Mayor thanks Hannah for her passionate efforts to highlight the challenges wheelchair users face using public transport and will ask TfL to work with her to gain further understanding of the issues she raises.
He is very aware of the difficulties that are posed by our 150 year-old Tube network and that the picture for disabled people travelling in the capital is far from perfect.
London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but delivering continued improvements is a key priority for the Mayor.
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