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FA Cup Final Tube strike off after management caves in

A STRIKE by 1,000 London Underground maintenance workers starting on Friday has been called off after rail union RMT announced a “stunning victory” over cuts to safety checks.

Management planned to drastically reduce the frequency of safety inspections on trains, some of which are nearly 50 years old.

The inspections include checks on doors, lighting, brakes and emergency equipment.

Bosses backed down after workers voted for a three-day strike, which would have coincided with the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley on Saturday.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “First of all I want to pay tribute to London Underground fleet members who have proved once again that militant, united and determined trade union action can roll back the tide of cuts.

“This is their victory but it also a victory for the travelling public, the RMT campaign on Tube safety and for basic common sense.”

He said the victory was a “massive achievement.”

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