This tells us that trade unions do still have power in the UK, despite what the Conservative Government might tell us – and they continue to use it for the public good.
The proposed strike was over safety. The union believes that changes to track access, imposed by London Underground, are potentially lethal.
That is why a strike was called – to save lives.
And the threat seems to have been successful as “significant progress” has led to the industrial action being cancelled.
A 48-hour tube strike planned by London Underground station staff from this weekend has been called off.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said on Friday that the action had been suspended following “significant progress” in talks with LU management.
The planned action was part of a prolonged dispute over the closure of ticket offices and job losses.
Transport for London had expected to run trains but had warned that many stations could be closed from Saturday night until Tuesday morning.
Earlier on Friday, the RMT announced another series of walkouts by tube maintenance staff, which are not expected to cause such widespread disruption to services.
About 1,500 maintenance workers will stage seven 24-hour strikes over four months starting on Friday 12 February from 6.30am, over “basic safety issues”.
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