Tube strikes called off at last minute after ‘positive’ talks

Transport services in London would have been severely disrupted by strikes on the tubes, but those have been abruptly called off.

In opposition to a 5% salary offer, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) were scheduled to go on strike starting on Monday and continuing until the end of the week.

However, the RMT declared on Sunday night that it was calling off the planned strikes in light of the progress made in negotiations with Transport for London (TfL).

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.

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.”

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