Tstrikes scheduled for the week on the Tube network were called off following “last resort” talks between Tube bosses and union representatives.
Members of the Railways, Shipping and Transportation Union (RMT) had planned to hold a round of 24-hour walkouts from August 3 following a dispute over TfL’s decision to end the remuneration of night subway drivers.
But the strikes were called off at the last minute to allow for new negotiations, although other planned industrial action will continue at the end of the month, unless a new deal is reached.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “As a result of extensive and wide-ranging discussions through the mechanisms of ACAS, we have found sufficient ground to allow these discussions to continue. As a result, this week’s strike action is suspended although the rest of the planned action remains in place.
“I would like to thank our members and representatives whose unity and determination have enabled us to reach this stage today and we look forward to pursuing the important issues at the heart of this dispute in the next phase of the talks. “
An Acas spokesperson said: “Following the Acas talks, we are delighted that the strike action scheduled for this week has been suspended for further discussions.
Following the announcement, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said via Twitter that he was “happy to hear that Londoners will not face unnecessary disruption”.
Mr Khan said: “It shows what can be achieved by engaging and talking to staff. “
Richard Jones, Head of Network Operations for the London Underground, said: “We welcome the RMT’s decision to suspend action to allow discussions to continue. We are confident that the changes we have made to the rosters are positive for London Underground train drivers and the services we are providing as London recovers from the pandemic. We look forward to further discussions. “
TfL had warned of a “serious disruption” to services this week ahead of the planned strikes, with metro drivers planning to go out for 24 hours from noon on August 3 and 5.
Despite the cancellation of this week’s strikes, walkouts scheduled for later in the month are still expected to take place on August 24 and 26.