Unions call off Lon­don Un­der­ground strike

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

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.”

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