Londoners expecting to face the chaos of a Tube strike this morning can breathe a sigh of relief.
A last-ditch effort to avert the planned three-day strike was successful, with the announcement being made just hours before the industrial action was scheduled to begin.
London Underground bosses said yesteraday they are pleased with the result of the talks, but say more work is needed to resolve the disputes over the future of the Tube.
London Underground and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union have welcomed the decision to suspend a three-day tube strike, which was due to start tonight at 9pm.
I am pleased that Londoners will not have to endure further strike action this week. The only way to resolve this dispute is for the RMT leadership to work with us to shape the future of the Tube in a changing world. It is good that they have committed to doing so alongside the three other unions involved.
We have been able to secure real movement and significant progress on the issues at the heart of this dispute in talks with the Tube management over the bank holiday weekend.
The planned three-day strike by London Underground workers has been suspended, the RMT Union has said.
The London Underground and Rail, Maritime and Transport are holding last-ditch talks just hours before a three day strike, that could affect millions of people across London and surrounding areas.
Conciliation service Acas said the talks between the RMT and London Underground started at 10am.
RMT union members are set to walk out of their jobs for three days at 9pm this evening, in a long-running dispute with the London Underground over ticket office closures.
A two-day strike last week caused huge disruption, with roads clogged as people switched to other forms of transport.
Tube workers will begin a three day strike at 9pm this evening, in a row over ticket office closures and job losses.
It follows a two day walkout by RMT members, over the same dispute, last week.
During the recent RMT strike the largest number of buses ever were deployed on London's streets, carrying around an extra million passengers and playing a crucial role in keeping London moving. To allow additional traffic to use our bus lanes, including private hire vehicles, would only cause disruption to these services which would make no sense at all.
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London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed this evening that London is being 'held to ransom' by the RMT Union over next week's planned Tube strike.
His comments came as talks between London Underground and unions bosses finished today with the planned three day stoppage still on.
The Mayor said: said: "Once again London is being held to ransom by a minority of just one union, the RMT, who, unlike the other three unions, and on a ballot taken last November with just 30 per cent support, is digging in its heels and refusing to play its part in shaping the future of the Tube."
"Less than three per cent of journeys involve a visit to Victorian era ticket offices, which cost Londoners £50 million a year to run. It makes absolutely no sense to keep them open.
RMT said after "eight hours of talking about very little" next week's 72-hour Tube strike was still on.
"They have spent eight hours talking about very little so regrettably the strike is still on," the RMT's John Leach said outside Acas.
Next week's planned 72-hour Tube strike is still on after talks between London Underground management and the RMT union broke down.