RMT And TSSA Unions Vote For Strike Action

rmtMembers of the RMT and TSSA unions have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over night tube proposals.

The TSSA vote in support of industrial action was 76%, with the RMT’s at 92%. Both unions are set to join ASLEF in a 24 hour walkout starting at 9.30pm on 8 July.

The unions are in dispute with London Underground over plans to introduce night services in September on the Jubilee, Central, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Find out which sections of the lines will get the night tube here.

Workers say LU are attempting to impose new rosters with increased weekend and night work in return for a ‘derisory’ pay offer of just 0.75%. A planned strike by National Rail workers on the second May bank holiday was called off after new pay offer was made, said to be more than that offered to tube workers. Talks are continuing at conciliation service ACAS.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

“The industrial relations situation on the tube has sunk to an almost unprecedented low with all four unions united and balloting for action over pay and working arrangements due to be ushered in under the guise of the Mayor’s “night tube” vanity project in just 10 weeks time. Casualisation, the attack on station jobs and the undermining of safety are all part and parcel of an overall cash-driven agenda coming right from the very top.”

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said:

“We hope that this result will show Boris Johnson just how angry our members are at his plans to try and rush the start of the night tube without any detailed agreement on manning levels.”

The RMT also says it will be co-ordinating campaigning with its sister unions, so if the ACAS talks aren’t successful, London’s commuters will see first hand the results of the first strike by all three unions for more than 20 years.

Update: Further tube workers belonging to the Unite union have also voted by 70% (in an 82% turnout) for strike action in the same dispute over the night tube.

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