TSSA suspends Tube strike after securing 300 new jobs

tssa-tube-strikeThe TSSA has suspended next week’s planed Tube strike after bosses agreed to create more than 300 new jobs.

The union was due to take action again over staff and passenger safety but has put the strike on hold while seeking further talks.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our LU workplace representatives have now had the chance to discuss the outcome of the last fortnight’s discussions with the company at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and we believe LU’s latest proposals – which include the creation of an additional 325 new posts – pave the way for a resolution to this long-standing dispute.

“We will now seek further talks with LU and our reps would like further clarification on a number of points in the LU offer. However, we recognise that what is now on the table goes some way towards restoring adequate safety on our Tube for both passengers and staff. Consequently, we will suspend next week’s planned strikes.”

RMT members, however, will be continuing their strikes, with action between 6pm on Sunday and 101m on Monday, and again from 10am next Tuesday until midnight on Wednesday.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “We will not stand by while safety is compromised on London Underground off the back of cash-led cuts to staffing levels that the union has warned would have a serious, lasting and corrosive impact for staff and passengers alike. That is why our members are taking this further action.

“RMT members on the London Underground stations see day in and day out the toxic impact of the job cuts programme and they are reporting back that it is horrific.  It has now also been shown that at management level there is agreement with the union that the cuts have been a disastrous mistake.

“With the constant overcrowding on stations and platforms it is only a matter of time before there is a major tragedy if we don’t act decisively. Our dispute is about taking action to haul back the cuts machine and put safety back at the top of the agenda. The union remains available for further serious talks.”

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