RMT has suspended all strike action planned for next week on London Underground.
The tube union has been engaged in talks with TfL through ACAS, aiming to find a resolution to the longstanding issues concerning pensions, jobs, and working conditions.
After pressure from union negotiators and the threat to bring the capital to a standstill for a week, significant concessions were made by TfL where their original plans for jobs cuts and pension changes will not be carried out.
There are now longer guarantees on protection of earnings, no pension changes for at least 3 years and so-called productivity proposals which would have damaged the terms and conditions of RMT members have been halted.
RMT warns of further action if necessary
However, RMT’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, remains cautious, emphasizing that this is not yet the end of the dispute, nor can it be deemed a victory for the union. He commended the determination of their members, who were ready to engage in significant and disruptive industrial action. The strike mandate remains active until October, and they stand ready to use it if necessary.
Lynch expressed their commitment to continue negotiating with TfL in good faith, as they have always done. He attributes the employer’s significant concessions to the unwavering dedication of their members in being prepared to take sustained strike action. The RMT’s campaign to safeguard jobs, working conditions, and pensions for its members will persist in the weeks and months ahead.
“RMT’s strike mandate remains live until October and we are prepared to use it if necessary.
”We will continue to negotiate in good faith as we always have done with TfL and it was only the steadfast commitment of our members in being prepared to take sustained strike action that has forced the employer to make significant concessions.
“Our campaign to defend jobs, conditions and our members pensions will continue in the coming weeks and months.”