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Tube strikes suspended as union hails job cuts 'reversal'

PUBLISHED: 15:31 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 03 February 2017

London Underground

London Underground

Tommaso Tagliaferri

Strikes were due to take place next week, threatening travel chaos

Planned strikes by London Underground workers from Sunday evening over jobs have been suspended.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were due to walk out for 16 hours from 6pm on Sunday and again for 15 hours from 10am on Tuesday, threatening travel chaos in the capital.

The RMT said that following talks with the company, almost 60 per cent of the original job cuts have now been reversed.

Station staff jobs were cut by around 900 and Tube ticket offices closed under previous London mayor Boris Johnson.

The RMT said its campaign, including industrial action, had led to 533 jobs being reinstated and control rooms being reopened.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “The fighting stance taken by RMT members since the jobs cull on our Tube stations was first announced has reversed nearly 60 per cent of those savage cuts.

“That is a tremendous victory and a reflection of the resilience and determination of our reps and the membership right across London Underground.

“We will now continue to work on implementation of the new staffing arrangements at the local level and, as always, RMT remains eternally vigilant.”

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