Tube drivers call off three strikes


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Tube drivers have called off three planned stoppages after "constructive" talks were held between Transport for London and the Aslef union to solve a long-running dispute over working on Boxing Day.

The Aslef general secretary, Mick Whelan, said the decision to cancel the strikes planned for 16 January and 3 and 13 February was taken on the basis that "meaningful talks" will begin next week. Howard Collins, the chief operating officer for TfL, said: "I welcome the constructive approach taken by the leadership of Aslef at our discussions today."

The dispute is over the level of bonus pay and time off for working on Boxing Day.