July London tube strikes SUSPENDED as discussions progress
RMT has suspended all strike action planned for next week on London Underground after making progress in the pensions and jobs dispute.
The tube union has been locked in ACAS talks with TfL, trying to find a resolution to the longstanding pensions jobs and working conditions dispute.
After pressure from union negotiators and the threat to bring the capital to a standstill for a week, significant concessions were made by TfL where their original plans for jobs cuts and pension changes will not be carried out.
There are now longer guarantees on protection of earnings, no pension changes for at least 3 years and so-called productivity proposals which would have damaged the terms and conditions of RMT members have been halted.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “There has been significant progress made by our negotiating team in ACAS talks with TfL.
“However this is not the end of the dispute nor is it a victory for the union as yet. ”Our members were prepared to engage in significant disruptive industrial action and I commend their resolve.
"RMT's strike mandate remains live until October and we are prepared to use it if necessary. ”We will continue to negotiate in good faith as we always have done with TfL and it was only the steadfast commitment of our members in being prepared to take sustained strike action that has forced the employer to make significant concessions.
“Our campaign to defend jobs, conditions and our members pensions will continue in the coming weeks and months.”