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- Tube unions want to win no-redundancy deal from Tube bosses
THE IMMEDIATE likelihood of Tube strikes has been averted after London Underground management and the two main unions involved agreed a deal over safety issues last night.
That deal means two one-day strikes planned for Monday 12th and Monday 19th of February have been called off, but, as LondonNet has stressed repeatedly over the past week, until the threat of mass redundancies has been lifted, there can be no guarantee of future industrial peace.
Train drivers union Aslef and the more general rail union, the RMT, agreed to help form a committee to monitor safety in the proposed move to a more privatised underground network but failed to win promises of no redundancies and a protection of working conditions from Tube bosses.
""There is to be a new group to study safety which is good," said Bob Crow, Assistant General Secretary of the RMT. "Now we need to look at the other demands."