A proposed strike by 2,000 RMT union members has been called off after a deal was reached at the eleventh hour.
Tube operator Metronet has agreed to reduce the number of staff it will transfer to one of its parent companies Bombadier to just 200 rather then the 250 it proposed last week. Metronet orignially wanted to tranfer 750 staff.According to Mark Cooper, Metronet's senior vice-president for asset performance: 'The transfer of train fleet maintenance staff to Bombardier Transportation is the sensible option for London's Tube in the long term. However, in the light of such unreasonable behaviour from the RMT holding London to ransom with its strike threat, Metronet has decided to act.'RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: 'This is the sensible outcome we sought for from the start and it means, quite simply, that there will be no outsourcing of our Metronet members' jobs.'Their stand, in the face of hostile media attention, has been vindicated by the outcome of this dispute,' he said.Metronet runs the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, East London, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Victoria and Waterloo & City lines. Metronet is owned by a consortium of Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bombadier, EDF and Thames Water.