Unions call off London Underground strike
Unions representing London’s Underground staff on Monday called off two 24- hour strikes planned for this week, which threatened more chaos for commuters already hit by walkouts over plans for night services.
Three unions — the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association — canceled the strikes due for Wednesday and Thursday as a “gesture of goodwill.”
However, the RMT announced new strikes for Sept. 8 and 10 if a deal is not reached over pay and conditions governing the night Tube.
Staff have already staged two strikes — one in July and one this month — forcing millions of Londoners to walk, cycle or take packed buses to and from work.
Unions are locked in a monthslong dispute with management over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to run a 24-hour Tube service on Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 12 on the Underground’s Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
The Tube handles 4 million journeys every day, meaning many buses and overground trains become packed during the strikes.
Unite regional officer Hugh Roberts said: “There are still some remaining sticking points, but we feel sufficient progress has been made to suspend industrial action as an act of goodwill.”