Tube strike called off

More money on the table

The RMT has suspended its strike action, planned for this week from tonight (Sunday 7 January) until the morning of Friday 12 January.

Transport for London has published a statement saying:

“Today, we were made aware that the Mayor was able to provide additional funds to enable discussions with the unions to continue.”

The pay offer they made to three unions last week was rejected and TfL had said there was no more money available. Now, it seems, there is. There will now be more talks with the unions to see if the money on the table is enough to end the dispute.

Last week when talks broke down, the RMT urged TfL and the Mayor to engage in unconditional talks mediated by ACAS. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had previously voted to take industrial action over a below-inflation pay increase of 5%.

The statement from TfL says:

“Last week we discussed our pay offer extensively with the three Trade Unions that had rejected it, making clear that TfL cannot afford any more. This remains the case.

“Today, we were made aware that the Mayor was able to provide additional funds to enable discussions with the unions to continue. We have all consistently made clear that strike action is bad for everyone and would have a negative impact on the city as it recovers from the pandemic.

“This intervention from the Mayor has been discussed with the unions, and the RMT union has now suspended the planned strike action. However, as the action has been suspended at this late stage, Londoners will still face disruption tomorrow and we advise all customers to check the TfL website or the TfL Go app for the latest travel information.

“We will now meet with representatives of all the unions to agree on the best way for this funding to be used to resolve the current dispute. We will also seek to meet as soon as possible with the unions representing TfL staff.

The RMT’s general secretary Mick Lynch described it as a “significantly improved funding position” which meant scheduled strike action would be suspended “with immediate effect”.