Socialist Worker

Tube action called off for more talks

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2425

A 48-hour strike by London Underground workers set for Tuesday of this week was suspended by RMT union leaders a little over 24 hours after it was announced.

The union says “substantial progress” was achieved from talks so called off the action. 

Bosses will no longer say that talks on their cuts have ended. And there are guarantees on salaries and displacement from Tube bosses’ cuts plan, and a cut in jobs lost.

But the Every Job Matters dispute was launched to fight over 950 job losses and the closure of every station ticket office. It’s good to get some limited guarantees from the latest talks, but it falls far short of the union’s demands. 

It was wrong to call the strikes off. It will encourage bosses to offer crumbs, continue their cuts and attack other Tube workers’ jobs. 

London Underground workers have shown their power when they strike and that’s the power that’s capable of halting the attacks.


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