Socialist Worker

New dispute at Tube Lines

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2494

A united Tube strike shut down the network last August

A united Tube strike shut down the network last August


RMT union members employed by London Underground have accepted bosses’ offer on the Night Tube operation by 84 percent. The vote follows the suspension of strikes in January after bosses made concessions.

New rosters imposing unlimited nights and weekend working were dropped, the pay offer was improved and hundreds of new Night Tube posts created.

The Aslef union’s Tube drivers’ ballot on the same deal ended on Monday of this week.

United walkouts by all four Tube workers’ unions last summer forced London Tory mayor Boris Johnson to retreat.

But London Underground maintenance, upgrade and emergency workers employed by Tube Lines have not been offered the same deal.

The RMT has rejected a deal there that brings in the principle of 24-hour running any night of the week not just the Friday and Saturday of Night Tube.

Tube Lines bosses have not committed to creating new Night Tube posts and expect all staff to work on it.

The union has declared a new dispute over pay, Night Tube and pensions.


Cleaners take on a filthy low pay deal

RMT union members working for outsourcing giant ISS on Virgin East Coast trains were set to strike for 48 hours from 7am this Thursday.

They work out of King’s Cross station in central London. The dispute revolves around pay, conditions and health and safety.

The union is calling for other trade unionists to join the picket line in solidarity.

In a separate dispute ISS workers on the Siemens London Midland trains contract were also set to strike for 48 hours this weekend in a long running dispute over pay.

The RMT members voted by 100 percent for strikes to win the Living Wage.

Bosses offered just a 2.25 percent rise in their hourly rate, which would take them to £6.98 an hour.


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