This Week's London Underground Tube Strike is Called Off (Updated)

By Gerald Lynch on at

Now, let's not jump for joy just yet, but it's looking likely that the second bout of London Underground tube strikes, expected to start tonight, may be about to be called off. The TSSA union is stating that it has reached an eleventh-hour deal with the Acas mediation body.

However, the other union threatening strike action, the RMT, has yet to comment on the news, or as to whether or not it will still be going ahead with its own industrial action. Last week's actions crippled London, with millions of commuters left scrambling for replacement buses ill-equipped to handle the surge of extra passengers.

The strike action was called in response to plans to close ticket offices across the network, which could potentially lead to 950 job losses. If the TSSA's move is anything to go by, it seems perhaps that negotiations to save some of these jobs may have been successful. We'll keep you posted. [Sky News, The Drum]

Updated: It's confirmed! The RMT union has also felt that negotiations have been successful, so all industrial action planned for 48 hours from 9pm tonight has been called off. Your joyous morning commute will have all the strains of monotony you know and love.

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