He left school at the age of 16 to work on the railways. He was the General Secretary of the RMT union for 12 years.
The leader of the biggest tube union has signalled new battles ahead as the Underground enters an unprecedented period of modernisation.
A tube strike which threatened to cause misery for millions of commuters was called off at the last minute today.
New offer included extended consultation period and a freeze on the processing of voluntary redundancy applications. RMT confident it can organise a swift meeting if it's executive to consider the offer.
– ACAS statement
London Underground will be writing to the trade unions with some proposals to end this dispute.
We are hopeful of a positive response so that the proposed industrial action will be withdrawn.
Hopes of averting fresh travel chaos on London Underground have risen after one of the unions involved in a row over ticket office closures suspended a planned strike:
- TSSA union will call off a walkout from 9pm after reaching a deal during talks which ended at the conciliation service ACAS
- The RMT union is also involved in the dispute, but is still considering the offer
RMT Executive will consider the offer from London Underground before making a decision on the strike.
The TSSA union is to suspend its strike on London Underground after reaching a deal over ticket office closures.
ACAS peace talks continue but chances of averting the tube strike dwindle by the hour. London Underground sources suggest negotiations "have moved forward a bit" but significant barriers remain.
Talks aimed at averting another strike by London Underground workers have been adjourned and will resume tomorrow, said Acas