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Tube strike cancelled

PUBLISHED: 17:56 03 October 2017

Tube stations across London were due to close on Thursday. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

Tube stations across London were due to close on Thursday. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA

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A planned strike by London Underground drivers which would have crippled Tube services on Thursday has been called off after progress was made during talks.

Members of Aslef were due to walk out for 24 hours in a dispute over working practices, causing disruption for millions of passengers.

The breakthrough came after a meeting between the union and LU under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas.

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on London Underground, said: “I am pleased to say that the our negotiating team believes they we have made sufficient progress in talks at Acas to recommend to the Aslef executive committee that the strike called for Thursday be suspended.

“We have always been prepared to keep talking to resolve this dispute but Aslef always has, and always will, insist that management stick to agreements they make with us.

“Our ballot remains live and we will not hesitate to call action in the future if needed to ensure all the commitments made are fully delivered.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m pleased that this strike action has been suspended and that discussions can continue without disruption.

“By talking constructively to TfL staff and acting on their concerns we’ve managed to improve the atrocious industrial relations legacy left by the previous mayor.

“This has led to a nearly 60% reduction in the number of days lost to strikes on the Underground since I became mayor, which means less disruption and frustration for commuters in London.”

Nigel Holness, director of network operations for London Underground, said: “I welcome Aslef’s decision to suspend its unnecessary strike action and I am pleased that customers will not have their journeys disrupted. Since we agreed the pay deal last year we’ve delivered on all our commitments to provide the best possible work-life balance for our staff.

“We have completed a trial of a compressed four-day working week on the Jubilee line and drivers are working fewer weekend shifts.

“We have agreed to continue working with the trade unions to explore options that will further improve work-life balance for our staff.”

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