Tube strikes called off after talks between union and TfL

4 April 2024, 12:44 | Updated: 4 April 2024, 14:05

London Underground, London, UK.
London Underground, London, UK. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

Two days of Tube driver strikes scheduled for Monday and in May have been called off after talks between their union and Transport for London.

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Members of Aslef were set to walk out on April 8 and May 4, threatening Tube strike travel misery across the capital.

Now both days of strikes have been axed following negotiations between Aslef and TfL.

Separate train strikes at 16 rail companies on Friday, Saturday and Monday are still going ahead.

The industrial actions forms part of a long-running dispute over terms and conditions.

Aslef said: "After a series of meetings at ACAS, our negotiating team has received a proposal that resolves the key issues in our dispute.

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Tube strikes had been planned for two days in May and April
Tube strikes had been planned for two days in May and April. Picture: Alamy

"Management have confirmed that they have disbanded their "Trains Modernisation" team and will not be implementing their plans to changes drivers working arrangements without agreement.

"They have also agreed to reinstate annual refresher training stoped during the pandemic.

"To deal with our concerns over safety and security an additional team of Transport Support and Enforcement officers will be recruited focused on dealing with anti social behaviour on trains during Night Tube hours. Work will continue on the installation of new cab security locks to make our members workplace safer.

A Tube train leaves the station
A Tube train leaves the station. Picture: Getty

"We are pleased that we have successfully resolved these long standing issues without the need for strikes."

Nick Dent, Director of Customer Operations for London Underground, said: “We are pleased that ASLEF has withdrawn its planned industrial action on Monday 8 April and Saturday 4 May.

"This is good news for London and we will continue to work constructively with the trade unions to avoid disruption and address concerns.”

Sadiq Khan said: "Good news for Londoners: Monday’s tube strike is no longer going ahead.

"This demonstrates - once again - what can be achieved by talking and engaging with transport staff and trade unions rather than working against them."

Susan Hall, Mr Khan's Conservative opponent in the upcoming mayoral elections, said: “When Sadiq Khan first stood to be Mayor, he promised zero strikes - but he's overseen more than one hundred over the past eight years.

"It's irresponsible to promise no strikes, and so long as Sadiq is at the beck and call of his party’s union paymasters, they'll will continue to cause needless disruption.

"I am listening to Londoners, which is why I would take a firm but fair approach to the unions, securing the best deal for commuters, taxpayers and workers.”