London Tube strike called off ahead of England World Cup qualifier

Lester Mason
October 4, 2017

Aslef's organiser on London Underground, Finn Brennan, said: "I am pleased to say that the our negotiating team believes they we have made sufficient progress in talks at Acas to recommend to the Aslef executive committee that the strike called for Thursday be suspended".

It said that Transport for London has made progress in the talks and that has enabled them to cancel the strike action.

Earlier today TfL warned there was unlikely to be any service across most of the Tube network for the entire day during the 24-hour strike, which was set to begin at 11.30pm tomorrow night.

The union's general secretary, Mick Cash, said: "RMT has given repeated opportunities for First MTR to give us the assurances we have sought over the future role of the guards on their trains throughout the length of the new South Western franchise".

A total of 88.4% of drivers said they were prepared to take part in a strike on a 53.1% turnout in a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services.

Tube drivers who are members of the ASLEF union voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over issues around their "work-life balance".

"We have been clear that we plan to retain a second person on our services, as we know that our passengers value the assurance and assistance a second member of on-board staff provides". Check before you travel on the Southern Railway and Greater Anglia websites.

"We have agreed to continue working with the trade unions to explore options that will further improve work-life balance for our staff".

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