Scheduled strikes on the London Underground have been canceled after “substantial progress” was made in discussions regarding employment and working conditions.
Approximately 3,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, initially set to strike on Wednesday and Friday, were involved in the dispute with Transport for London (TfL) concerning the closure of 600 positions.
Following talks at ACAS, RMT said they have managed to save key jobs, prevent detrimental changes to rosters and secure protection of earnings around grading changes.
The ‘progress’ means that key elements have been settled although there remains wider negotiations to be had in the job, pensions and working agreements dispute.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate all our members who were prepared to take strike action and our negotiations team for securing this victory in our tube dispute.
“Without the unity and industrial power of our members, there is no way we would have been able to make the progress we have.
“We still remain in dispute over outstanding issues around pensions and working agreements and will continue to pursue a negotiated settlement.”