Planned 24-hour Tube strike called off after union talks

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Planned 24-hour Tube strike called off after union talks

Planned 24-hour Tube strike called off after union talks

Commuters during a tube strike in 2015 (Picture: Getty)

A planned 24-hour tube strike on one of London Undergrounds busiest lines has been called off just hours before it was due to start.

Jubilee Line drivers and staff were expected to walk out for 24 hours on Thursday in a dispute over new timetables.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and the drivers union Aslef were due to go on strike.

But the walk out was suspended after talks held at the conciliation service Acas.

The unions confirmed the suspension this evening, saying the strike had been called off to allow further meetings.

RMT say the new timetable overrides current rostering agreements.

Aslef were striking in a separate row over the handling of a drivers safety breaches.

Commuters wait for the Jubilee line at Waterloo underground station, London, on the second day of a 48 hour strike by tube workers on the London Underground over ticket office closures.

People wait for the Jubilee line at Waterloo underground station on the second day of a previous 48 hour strike (Picture: Getty)

Last week RMT general secretary Mick Cash: It is outrageous that Tube managers are trying to bulldoze through timetable changes without agreement that ride roughshod over existing rostering agreements.

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Drivers are angry at the impact on work-life balance and rightly see this move as the thin end of a very long wedge that could see processes and agreements unilaterally shredded by Tube bosses.

Nigel Holness, London Undergrounds director of network operations, said: The new Jubilee Line timetable will benefit thousands of passengers every day as we extend the most frequent, peak-time service from 30 minutes to two hours.

We have agreements with our trade unions on the amount of weekend working we ask our drivers to do, and implementing this timetable keeps us well within those agreements.

We encourage RMT to continue working with us in order to deliver these huge benefits to customers rather than calling for unnecessary industrial action.

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