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Tube drivers' strike over bank holiday pay called off

Strikes planned by London Underground drivers have been called off to allow talks to be held over a pay and conditions row.

Members of the Aslef union were to stage 24-hour walkouts on 18 January and the following Friday.

The drivers went on strike on Boxing Day in a long-running dispute over bank holiday pay, disrupting services.

London Underground has tried to resolve the dispute, in part, by offering a trial period of voluntary overtime.

A union spokesman said the action had been suspended so that talks could be held to try to reach a resolution.

The average salary of a Tube driver is more than £45,000 a year.

Howard Collins, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "We note that Aslef have suspended the further two strike dates over Boxing Day working in precisely the same way as they did last year.

"We have a long-standing agreement with all trade unions which cover working arrangements on bank holidays, including Boxing Day, and we look forward to having meaningful discussions with the Aslef leadership to end this dispute."

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