TRANSPORT UNION IS STILL THREATENING STRIKES OVER NIGHT TUBE

Just as we thought the Night Tube had a clear track to finally launch, another spanner has been thrown in the works.

 

 

It was only on Tuesday a "majority" of members of the UK's largest transport union, RMT, voted for the 24-hour weekend service to go ahead, agreeing on improved pay and conditions, but it turns out Tube maintenance staff weren't offered the same deal.

 

These workers are also part of RMT and the Evening Standard reports 1,000 of them are debating over strike action due to not agreeing with what London Underground (LU) has put on the table.

 

RMT's general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT members are furious at the cynical way that Tube Lines have attempted to tie in attacks on pensions with the offer on pay and night Tube, and our reps for this group of over 1,000 safety-critical staff have unanimously thrown the whole package out.

 

"That position has now been fully endorsed by the union's executive and we are preparing a fresh ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike."

 

Cash also claims there are a bunch of issues that still need to be ironed out, such as exactly how the Night Tube would be staffed.

 

LU states it is "disappointed" that RMT members rejected a "fair and affordable pay offer", revealing further negotiations will take place next week.

As good as the service will be for clubbers in the capital, it's all getting a bit silly now, having been delayed on numerous occasions.

 

 

Source: Mixmag