A second worker strike on London Underground stations has been called off after two unions came to a resolution over safety conditions and the threat of job losses.
Both the TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) and RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) have today announced plans to suspend industrial action following talks with mediation body ACAS.
A 48-hour strike took place last week as both unions protested against plans to replace manned ticket offices across the Tube network with digital machines, resulting in the loss of 950 jobs.
While sky.com claimed the TSSA’s announcement at 12pm was too late to prevent a second 48-hour strike from happening at 9pm tonight (February 11th), the RMT says it will be staging no further protests and that normal service will resume.
This will provide a huge boost to the thousands of people making their way around London over the next two days, while several high-profile football matches have also been given the green light to go ahead.
Talking at rmt.org.uk, RMT general secretary Bob Grow claimed that after two days of “intensive and detailed discussions”, his group had come to an agreement with ACAS to halt all action.
Mr Crow said his group now had a “golden opportunity” to review all of its concerns about the impact of job cuts on RMT members and to highlight the benefits they bring to the transport network.