Some of you may know that the RMT were planning a 48 hour walk out from April 28th, 2008. Most of you will not, as I pleased to say that it looks as though it has already been called off.
Bob Crow RMT leader said on Friday of the dispute over pensions: "We now have in writing undertakings that when the Metronet contracts are taken back in-house by TfL there will be no outsourcing, and that all Metronet staff will be entitled to join the TfL pension fund and enjoy the same travel facilities as other TfL employees,"
"That marks substantial progress, and tonight's developments will be placed before the RMT executive on Monday, but on the basis of the written assurances received tonight I will be recommending that the dispute be ended."
Although he was supposed to be confirming this on Monday (yesterday) at time of writing he seemed more concerned in jumping on the ASLEF bandwagon & starting to moan about Three and Out - the comedy film about a Tube driver & his search for a suicidal victim to jump under his train.
He actually gives away one of the twists at the end - cos he's such a killjoy - so I'm not going to link to his comments, but part of his quote. He says: "The producers say they have handled difficult issues sensitively, but that is certainly not the case with the film's posters, which are plastered all over the Tube".
Interesting that he feels that this is more important to comment on, rather than being able to confirm to the public whether his recommendation to call off the planned strike has in fact happened.