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Strike negotiations may lead to suspension of industrial action

Tube staff may call off planned strikes if a new proposal is agreed to by managers.

25 November 2010

Tube passengers may be saved from having their journeys disrupted after strike negotiations resulted in an offer to call off industrial action if a safety evaluation is conducted into the consequences of planned job cuts.

During talks held on Wednesday (November 24th), representatives of tube staff tabled a proposal that contained a recommendation to call planned strikes off if management agreed to a 12-week suspensions of any job cuts while a safety evaluation takes place.

"The unions have today put forward a proposal seeking to address safety, ticket office closures and the impact of cuts on passengers," said leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association Gerry Doherty.

He stated that it "seems incredulous" for three days of industrial action to have been required for this point in proceedings to be reached, but if management take the proposal on board union members will be dissuaded from staging further walkouts.

Earlier this month, the respective views of the Fire Brigades Union and London Fire Brigade managers were  heard by a special panel in order to try and bring an end to strike negotiations over changes to shift patterns.

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