Tube strike suspended after new offer
A 48-hour strike that would have affected Underground services later this week has been suspended following a new offer to the union involved - the RMT, it was announced tonight.
Union members working for Underground maintenance company Tube Lines will vote on an offer which the RMT said would deliver a pay increase of 4.2 per cent this year and an agreement on the protection of jobs.
The strike had been due to start at 7pm on Wednesday and would have hit the Tube's Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern lines.
The RMT is recommending acceptance of the offer which includes above-inflation pay deals for 2011 and 2012.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Once again, RMT members have shown that if you are prepared to stand together and take action in defence of pay, jobs and working conditions you can win and there is no doubt that that message will be picked up by other public sector workers who are being told that they have to take the hit to pay for the mess left behind by the bankers bail-out scandal.
"The only defence that working people have against the cuts and austerity measures of the ConDems (the coalition Government) is a strong, fighting trade union and the Tube Lines workers have proved that point in shovel loads today."
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
The 50 Best spas
Iceland volcano: Travel agency has 'Volcano hotline' for dare-devil tourists who want to visit Bardarbunga if it erupts
Luton airport voted worst in Britain for second time running
Contactless payment donkey rides are a thing now
August Bank Holiday 2014: Five ways to make the most of it
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
£6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...
£17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...
£23,000: Sauce Recruitment: A global leader in sports and entertainment is now...