Tube strikes called off!

london_underground_sign The two 24-hour Tube strikes that were planned for this week have been called off. Unions and London Underground managers have been in talks over the dispute regarding the Night Tube, and the Unite union said that action has been postponed as a "gesture of goodwill".

There'll be further talks. And potentially, there'll be further strikes too. If talks break down again, then the Tube strike will take place on 8th and 10th September.

A Unite officer, Hugh Roberts, said that there were some "remaining sticking points", but for now, enough progress has been made in talks, so that industrial action can be suspended. He added that he now hopes that Underground management would "seize this opportunity to reach a deal that fully addresses our members' concerns".

The new strike dates are interesting though, as they're just two days before the Night Tube is supposed to kick off. It is fair to assume that the Night Tube won't be happening on those dates.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I would urge the unions to continue with positive discussions that will help to deliver a night Tube service that will bring huge benefits to our city."

General secretary of the RMT union, Mick Cash, said: "We have still not reached a final agreement and as a result we are putting on additional strike action next month."

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