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Friday, February 17, 2006

Tube Strikes for 21st February called off

Tube Strike Front Page of Evening StandardLondon Underground February Strikes called off

First driver's union ASLEF pulled out and now the RMT have done the same. RMT leader Bob Crow said yesterday regarding London Underground "The company has confirmed that it will not impose a range of new procedures, and we have agreed a way forward to deal with the issues involved."

However, we mustn't get our hopes up too high yet as the strike planned for the 2nd March is still on, if the issues surrounding SPADs (Signals Passed at Danger), harassment and other disciplinary measures are not resolved between the unions and the London Underground.

I love the way that Bob Crow finishes his statement: "Despite overwhelmingly hostile media coverage and a campaign of disinformation, our members have once again demonstrated determination and solidarity they should be proud of".

From the comments we've been having below involving Tube drivers and commuters, it appears that a lot of that disinformation has come from the RMT itself!

ASLEF appear to be taking a more concilliatory approach "ASLEF is not a union that postures or pretends. We are not in the business of strikes for their own sake. We don't like our members losing wages. Our aim is always to secure the best possible deal for members without calling for action. We know you want a resolution, not a strike."

London Underground said: "We welcome the decision to call off the strike next Tuesday. We have always made clear that the issues should be resolved through discussion. We will continue to meet to resolve the outstanding issues".

Watch this space for the latest on the threatened March strike, and continue to contribute to the lively discussion.

Latest at 15th February

Don't take my word for it yet, but rumour has it that the Tube strike for next Tuesday 21st February might be called off. See the BBC for more on this. "The first of a series of co-ordinated Tube strikes is in doubt after the main drivers' union said it would pull out, following talks with managers."

ASLEF said "There are issues that still require resolution for ASLEF to call off the dispute in its entirety. It is our intention to recommend the suspension of the strike set for the 21st of February 2006 to allow talks to progress further". Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Now hopefully Bob Crow's "love" letter to Tim O'Toole, managing director of London Underground, may also have a similar effect on negotiations.

As both announcements were made on February 14th, perhaps Valentine's day really is a day of love!

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