RMT Tube Drivers Vote To Go Ahead With Strikes

'Solid' support for industrial action over night tube grade

‘Solid’ support for industrial action over night tube grade
RMT says there is solid support for strike action

The RMT have confirmed its intention to hold four days of industrial action announced last month two of which take place at the beginning of August.

This means that services are likely to be hit next Tuesday and Thursday (3 and 5 August).

The union is accusing London Underground management of blocking progress on the discussion of the pay grade of Night Tube drivers and says that there is solid support for strike action among its members.

It has instructed Tube drivers not to work for 24 hours on August 3, 5, 25 and 26.

It comes following a decision from London Underground Limited to abolish the grade of Night Tube train driver which the RMT will lead to the loss of 200 jobs.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “London Underground’s proposals to rip up an agreement that protects 3000 Tube drivers work life balance has caused uproar in the depots amongst drivers.

“This breach of trust by an out of touch management abolishes the part time jobs of workers – mainly women – who want them.

“This is the thanks that Tube drivers have been given for keeping the service running through the Covid pandemic. This is a blatant attempt to now use that pandemic to start bulldozing through a savage programme of cuts.”

TfL wants to merge the night tube grade into the standard tube staff grade as the night tube staff being segregated from the rest of the staff reduces flexibility. Drivers represented by other unions have accepted the changes so the tube network will not be totally shut down but the strike coincides with engineering work taking place on the District and Circle line.

Nick Dent, Director of Customer Operations for London Underground, said, 'The changes to how we roster our drivers to continue to provide a regular Tube service and create more flexibility for our staff have not resulted in any job losses.

'Our drivers have been vital in keeping the Tube running during the pandemic, ensuring that key workers could move around the city during the lockdowns and helping fuel London's recovery in more recent weeks.

'This new arrangement means that all drivers have been given the opportunity for full-time work and long-term job certainty, while Londoners can continue to rely on the regularity of Tube services.

'These changes will allow us to operate both day-to-day Tube services and Night Tube more efficiently, and as our agreement with our other trade unions reflects they will be positive for drivers as well as for customers.

'It is extremely disappointing that the RMT has decided to announce strike action to disrupt Londoners and the recovery from coronavirus.

'We remain open to discussions to avoid this unnecessary industrial action.'

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said, 'Tube drivers have held a vital role in keeping London running throughout the pandemic, and regular, reliable Tube services are an important part of the capital's recovery.

'I urge the RMT to continue discussions to avoid this disruption to Londoners and the capital.'

The Night Tube was suspended in March in March last year ahead of the first national lockdown, with many staff moved to help run services during the day.

TfL commissioner Andy Byford confirmed earlier this year that 24-hour Tube services would not return until 2022 at the earliest.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact info@neighbournet.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least two articles a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


July 29, 2021

Related links
Related Links

Central Line To Be Hit By Strike on Polling Day

Travel Updates for Your Area

For other closures further details of alternative arrangements and bus replacement services will be posted here when available. Look out in your site's newsletter for updated information.