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Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 12:22 GMT
Tube strikes called off
Tube crowds
Millions of people use the tube every day
Plans for a series of strikes by London Underground (LU) drivers have been cancelled after unions accepted a pay deal.

Unions said LU agreed to a 5.7% increase to close the 1,600 pay gap between drivers of passenger and engineering trains.

Aslef and the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union confirmed the two 48-hour strikes planned for next week had been called off.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, said: "We are delighted to have reached a settlement without having to resort to industrial action."

Underground train
About 3,000 drivers threatened to walk out
Aslef announced the results of its ballot last Thursday - 847 Tube drivers backed industrial action while 191 voted against, representing a 55% turnout.

The RMT announced on Wednesday last week its members had voted by almost 9-1 in favour of industrial action.

The 460 for and 64 against represented a 50% turnout of union members.

The unions represent about 3,000 members, mostly drivers working on London Underground.

If the strikes went ahead they would have crippled Tube services, which are used by about three million people each weekday.

LU had urged the unions not to press ahead with strikes, claiming progress had been made during recent negotiations.

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See also:

21 Feb 02 | England
Tube drivers to strike
23 Jan 02 | England
Strike ballot on Tube
10 Jan 02 | UK
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Tube strike called off
27 Sep 01 | England
New Tube strikes planned
26 Sep 01 | England
Overtime ban starts on Tube
03 Sep 01 | UK
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