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Leaders of London Underground drivers yesterday cancelled a 24- hour stoppage scheduled for next Tuesday ahead of talks today, but threatened nine other strikes to keep up the pressure on management. The decision by Aslef, the train drivers' union, to call off the day-long strike next week will enable it to co-ordinate walkouts with the RMT transport union, which is expected to announce a vote for action today. Under the law, unions must give management seven days' notice of disruption.

Tony West, assistant general secretary of Aslef, yesterday announced walkouts on 18, 25 and 29 July; 7, 13, 23 and 27 August and 5 and 9 September. The action on 25 July would hit cricket fans travelling to the first day of England's first test against Pakistan.