Tube strike called off

tube strike that threatened to paralyse London for the second time in a week
following the May Day protest has been called off less than four hours before
it was due to start.

RMT union decided not to go ahead with its industrial action after a letter
from TUC leader John Monks imploring its members to go to work.

between the union and the conciliation service ACAS broke down last night when
the RMT board rejected a new deal with London Underground management.

the union contacted London Underground after a further executive meeting today
to say the strike had been cancelled.

RMT was striking because it feared plans to run the tube using a public/private
partnership would compromise safety.

By Richard Staines. Click here
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