Boris Johnson calls cancelled London Underground strikes "a victory for common sense"

The planned three-day long strike, which would have caused major disruption to London Underground services, will not go ahead and Mayor of London Boris Johnson calls the decision a “victory for common sense”.

According to metro.co.uk, Transport for London’s (TfL) modernisation programme will still take place, meaning ticket offices will be removed. However, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union reached an agreement with TfL during last-minute talks on Bank Holiday Monday (May 5).   

Acting RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, states that the TfL has agreed to protect earnings and remove pre-conditions.

“As a result of that progress, secured directly through our members campaign of industrial action and the union’s drive to get the facts across to the people of London, we are able to suspend the action due to commence this evening and further talks around the fundamental issues of cuts to jobs, services and safety will now take place,” he explains.

Ticket offices are only used in three per cent of journeys and removing them from stations will mean TfL will save £50 million a year. This money will be used to help keep train fares down, as well as deliver a more reliable service. Although some staff members will lose their jobs, TfL plans to introduce more employees to station platforms, near ticket machines and at ticket gates, reports independent.co.uk.