Tube drivers call-off Jubilee Line strike

tube_roundelA planned strike due to be held next week by Tube drivers on the Jubilee Line has been suspended.

Members of the RMT and Aslef unions had voted to hold two 24-hour strikes in a row over working conditions and claims of bullying.

The first strike was scheduled for Tuesday 2nd April, the first day back after the Bank Holiday weekend for many workers.

The unions and London Underground (LU) had held talks at the conciliation service ACAS yesterday in an attempt to settle the dispute and further were held today.

On Thursday morning LU urged both unions to call off their action while the talks continue.

By the afternoon the RMT announced the strike “has been suspended following progress made at ACAS”.

In a message sent to affected drivers, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Following talks with the company at ACAS, some progress has been made and your executive has decided to suspend this strike action.

“Therefore all Jubilee Line drivers at North Greenwich and Stratford Train Crew Depots are instructed to work normally.”

Commenting on the suspension of strike action, Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer at London Underground, said: “I am pleased that the ASLEF and RMT leaderships have agreed to resolve this dispute without disruption to our customers. The unions raised a number of issues with us, all of which we addressed.

“Our approach is always to follow the agreed processes to their conclusion and to seek to engage the unions in constructive discussion in order to resolve matters without impacting on Londoners.”