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London Tube strikes called off at last minute as TfL and RMT talks ‘progress’

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Tube strikes that would have crippled London transport services all week have been cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were due to walk out from Monday until the end of the week in protest at a 5 per cent pay offer.

But on Sunday evening, the RMT announced it was suspending the planned strikes after progress in talks with Transport for London (TfL).

Strikes had been expected to bring London to a standstill


The action was expected to bring London to a standstill with all underground lines affected and bus routes facing a surge in extra passengers after talks had failed to progress on Friday.

Leading business groups had told The Independent that the city could have expected to lose as much as £100m a day while London mayor Sadiq Khan said it would have cost the hospitality industry £50m.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said on Sunday: “Following further positive discussions today, the negotiations on a pay deal for our London Underground members can now take place on an improved basis and mandate with significant further funding for a settlement being made available.

“This significantly improved funding position means the scheduled strike action will be suspended with immediate effect and we look forward to getting into urgent negotiations with TfL in order to develop a suitable agreement and resolution to the dispute.”

Mr Khan reacted to the news on X, formerly known as Twitter, to say he believed the suspension showed what happened by “engaging with trade unions and transport staff rather than working against them”.

“I’m delighted that this week’s Tube strikes have now been suspended,” he said. “They would have caused huge disruption for Londoners and would have been a major blow to the capital’s businesses at the worst possible time.”

The planned industrial action had been called due to an ongoing dispute over pay. In December last year, the RMT rejected a pay offer of 5 per cent. The union described that as “unacceptable when TfL has created a bonus pot of £13m for senior managers and the commissioner took an 11 per cent pay rise in 2023 taking his salary up to £395,000.”

The RMT said it wanted to see full-staff travel facilities for all Tube workers restored and criticised bosses for freezing pay bands, warning that it would create a two-tier…

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