Tube strike 2016: RMT has called off action scheduled for 26 January at 11th hour - but February's strikes could still be on

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Update: The UK's largest transport union RMT has called off this week's Tube strike, after receiving a new pay deal from Transport for London.

The Tube strike was due to start at 9.15pm on Tuesday 26 January and run until the same time on Wednesday 27 January. This was then to be followed by two further 24 hour strikes from 9.15pm on Monday 15 February to Tuesday 16 February and from 9.15pm on Wednesday 17 February to Thursday 18 February.

Aslef, TSSA and Unite had already pulled out of the plans after TfL tabeled a new offer, which includes a one-off bonus of £500 to all workers - not just those on the Night Tube - and an agreement that staff will work to a 36-hour four day week.

The offer came with the condition that that industrial action is called off and the Night Tube is brought back on track.

RMT had held out in order to hold a meeting with representatives today, with RMT only confirming it had backed down from the action at the 11th hour.

Reps recommended that the strike be called off at a meeting this morning, but it was only formally confirmed by RMT later in the afternoon.

However, RMT made it clear it was only this week's Tube strike that had been suspended.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT's executive has agreed to suspend tomorrow's action over pay and night tube to allow for further consideration and consultation on the current offer. The union makes it clear that we remain in dispute and the strike action scheduled for February remains on.

"RMT also remains in dispute over station staffing and the week of action on that issue, scheduled to begin from 7 February, also remains on and the union is finalising the details for the continuation of that industrial campaign and the on-going fight over the threat to jobs, services and safety."