Over recent months the pace of talks held at ACAS has ranged from no dialogue, to talks that moved two steps forward, then one step backwards, to much more constructive dialogue in recent days.
It has taken LU a long time to engage meaningfully with the trades unions, making resolution of the dispute painfully slow, giving rise to frustration amongst everyone involved, TSSA members included.
With immediate effect all action short of strike - including the overtime ban - is suspended. This follows recent progress made during talks at ACAS. All TSSA members at London Underground should therefore undertake their duties as normal.
Following further talks at ACAS, TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said: "I am extremely pleased to say that our Negotiating Team has made sufficient progress to suspend this week's planned strike action on the Tube. However, we are not out of the woods yet. A number of issues need to be resolved before our dispute is finally settled. We will therefore announce future strike dates in due course although we remain hopeful that further talks will soon result in a negotiated settlement".
...is the only way to describe the shape of dispute talks held recently at ACAS.
The pace of talks picked up last week with constructive dialogue taking place for the first time since talks began. However, slippage started on Monday when talks slithered back two steps, dampening our hopes of trying to reach a settlement.