Tube strikes cancelled but new ones planned for September 8 and 10

PUBLISHED: 17:04 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:44 24 August 2015

Two full days of Tube strikes were planned for this week (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Two full days of Tube strikes were planned for this week (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

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The Tube strikes due to take place this week have been called off by all three unions but more action has been announced for September 8 and 10. Unite and RMT unions, with the TSSA expected to follow suit imminently.

Unite was the first union to suspend, followed by the RMT and then the TSSA.

The good news of was quickly dampened by the announcement of two new strikes on September 8 and 10 - just two days before the Nigh Tube is due to start running.

Underground workers were due to walk out for two full days from tomorrow evening - causing disruption until end of service on Friday.

Unite, which represents 400 electrical and maintenance technicians as well as signallers, said it made the decision as a “gesture of goodwill” to allow further talks to be held.

The dispute is over changes to working conditions caused by the introduction of the Night Tube, due to start at weekends next month.

While London Underground has said it is operationally ready for the launch, the unions believe it will be delayed because of the protracted row.

A letter from RMT General Secretary Mick Cash to members reads: “The disputes are not over and there are still a few matters that need further attention before we can reach a final position and a resolution. It may be necessary to take further action and the General Grades Committee has decided that this would take place between Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September 2015.

“Any movement towards the implementation of Night Tube, including running any test trains for Night Tube, will lead to us calling further industrial action without delay. Likewise, if our reasonable and just demands to protect the jobs and terms and conditions of Station Staff are not met, this will also lead to us calling further industrial action without delay.”

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