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RMT suspends Tube strike, but dispute over night services continues

Published 25/01/2016

The RMT union has suspended a planned 24-hour strike on the London Underground
The RMT union has suspended a planned 24-hour strike on the London Underground

The biggest rail union has suspended a planned 24-hour strike on the London Underground from tomorrow evening, but said it is still in dispute over plans for an all-night Tube service.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union joined other unions in deciding not to go ahead with tomorrow's walkout following lengthy talks with the company.

But the union said it was not calling off two further strikes planned for next month, or a week of action from February 7, in a separate row over jobs and station staffing.

General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT's executive has agreed to suspend tomorrow's action over pay and night Tube to allow for further consideration and consultation on the current offer.

"The union makes it clear that we remain in dispute and the strike action scheduled for February remains on.

"RMT also remains in dispute over station staffing and the week of action on that issue, scheduled to begin from February 7, also remains on, and the union is finalising the details for the continuation of that industrial campaign and the on-going fight over the threat to jobs, services and safety."

Steve Griffiths, LU's chief operating officer, said: "Following constructive talks at Acas, all four trade unions have suspended their strike action due to take place this week. Our very fair offer reiterates our previous guarantees on protecting the work life balance of our staff and a four-year pay deal which remains within our business plan.

"Meanwhile we continue to progress plans for the implementation of the night Tube, including the recruitment of 700 new staff to operate this exciting new service."

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