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London tube strike August 2021: TfL drivers won’t walk out tomorrow as strike called off – latest updates

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LONDON Underground staff have called off plans to strike for four days starting tomorrow.

The protest had been in response to plans to abolish separate pay grades for drivers who work nights.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced the move on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 and described the decision as a "cash led move aimed at shunting staff around".

The strikes, had been set to affect night tube services tomorrow and Thursday but will now no longer take place.

Read our London Underground strikes live blog below for the latest updates...

  • WHAT STRIKES WERE PLANNED?

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were due to stage a number of 24-hour walkouts, starting tomorrow, in a row over the grade of night Tube drivers.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We believe that there is a deal to be done which recognises the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management also will be up for a constructive solution to this dispute.

    “RMT’s executive has been put on stand-by for any developments emerging from the talks later today.”

  • MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS RELIEVED AS TOMORROW’S TUBE STRIKES ARE CALLED OFF

    The screeching U-Turn comes after last-ditch talks were held to avert a series of planned strikes by London Underground drivers.

    Transport for London had advised all travellers to stay off the Tube after 1pm on Tuesday if the talks failed.

    But giving a glimmer of hope for travellers tomorrow, Mick Lynch, General Secretary for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, confirmed this afternoon: “Following extensive and wide ranging discussions through the ACAS machinery we have hammered out enough ground to allow those talks to continue.

    “As a result this week’s strike action is suspended although the rest of the planned action rema‎ins on.”

    TfL had said the strikes were likely to affect the entire network, and could have begun earlier than planned.

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  • WHAT STRIKES WERE PLANNED?

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were due to stage a number of 24-hour walkouts, starting tomorrow, in a row over the grade of night Tube drivers.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We believe that there is a deal to be done which recognises the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management also will be up for a constructive solution to this dispute.

    "RMT's executive has been put on stand-by for any developments emerging from the talks later today."

  • MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS RELIEVED AS TOMORROW’S TUBE STRIKES ARE CALLED OFF

    The screeching U-Turn comes after last-ditch talks were held to avert a series of planned strikes by London Underground drivers.

    Transport for London had advised all travellers to stay off the Tube after 1pm on Tuesday if the talks failed.

    But giving a glimmer of hope for travellers tomorrow, Mick Lynch, General Secretary for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, confirmed this afternoon: "Following extensive and wide ranging discussions through the ACAS machinery we have hammered out enough ground to allow those talks to continue.

    "As a result this week's strike action is suspended although the rest of the planned action rema‎ins on."

    TfL had said the strikes were likely to affect the entire network, and could have begun earlier than planned.

  • RMT STATEMENT

    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:

    "Following extensive and wide ranging discussions through the ACAS machinery we have hammered out enough ground to allow those talks to continue. As a result this week's strike action is suspended although the rest of the planned action rema‎ins on.

    "I want to thank our members and our reps whose unity and determination has allowed us to reach this stage today and we look forward to pursuing the important issues at the heart of this dispute in the next phase of talks. "

  • TUBE STRIKES HAVE BEEN CALLED OFF

    The planned tube strikes have been suspended for now as the RMT will continue talks with TFL.

    Drivers had planned to walk out tomorrow on all lines, causing major disruption across London.

    There will still be planned closures on the Circle and District lines on 4-12 August.  

    Buses and local roads would have been busier than normal, TfL said however this will no longer be the case.

  • TUBE STRIKE OFF

    It is understood that the planned tube strike set to begin tomorrow has been called off to allow for more time for talks between TFL and RMT.

  • WHAT LINES WILL BE AFFECTED?

    There will be no or limited services on all lines on the affected days but bus, rail and DLR, should be normal services if not a bit busier because of the Tube closures.

    There are also planned closures on the Circle and District lines on 4-12 August.  

  • MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS TOLD NOT TO TRAVEL AFTER 1PM TOMORROW AS TUBE STRIKES SET TO CRIPPLE LONDON

    Last-ditch talks are being held in a bid to avert a series of planned strikes by London Underground drivers.

    Transport for London has advised all travellers to stay off the Tube after 1pm on Tuesday if the talks fail.

    TfL said the strikes are likely to affect the entire network, and may begin earlier than planned.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are due to stage a number of 24-hour walkouts, starting tomorrow, in a row over the grade of night Tube drivers.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We believe that there is a deal to be done which recognises the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management also will be up for a constructive solution to this dispute.

    "RMT's executive has been put on stand-by for any developments emerging from the talks later today."

  • WALKING AND CYCLING IN ZONE 1 DURING THE STRIKE

    Much of Zone 1 is walkable, and you’re never more than 600m from a  Santander Cycle docking station in central London.  

    Here are some maps that can help you plan your walking or cycling journey around central London: 

  • BUSES AND ROADS EXPECTED TO BE BUSIER THAN NORMAL TOMORROW

    Buses and local roads are likely to be busier than normal, TfL said.

    It urged commuters to allow more time for your journey and consider walking or cycling.

  • MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS TOLD NOT TO TRAVEL AFTER 1PM TOMORROW

    MILLIONS of commuters have been told not to travel after 1pm tomorrow as Tube strikes are set to cripple London.

    Last-ditch talks are being held in a bid to avert a series of planned strikes by London Underground drivers.

    Read more here.

  • TALKS BID TO AVERT TUBE STRIKES

    Last-ditch talks are being held in a bid to avert a series of strikes by London Underground drivers.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are due to stage a number of 24-hour walkouts, starting on Tuesday, in a row over the grade of Night Tube driver.

    Transport for London has warned of disruption to services if the strikes go ahead.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said on Monday: "We believe that there is a deal to be done which recognises the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management also will be up for a constructive solution to this dispute.

    "RMT's executive has been put on stand-by for any developments emerging from the talks later today."

  • ARE THERE ANY OTHER FUTURE TUBE STRIKES I NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR?

    Currently, there are no other confirmed dates for future tube strikes.

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