Latest Rail News

10.02.16

Track patrol staff join maintenance workers in Tube strike

London Underground track patrol staff are joining maintenance workers in Friday’s strike over plans to increase the use of private contractors.

RMT said that nearly 500 staff are joining the 24-hour strike in protest at plans to outsource track patrolling to Cleshar Contract Services, while 1,500 maintenance workers are striking over safety concerns.

The strike will start at 6.30am on 12 February and run for 24 hours.

RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “This dispute is over an outrageous attempt to casualise and undermine the jobs of our London Underground track patrol members through an extension of the use of private contractors. The plan must be halted.

“RMT will continue to fight all attempts to undermine and casualise jobs across London Underground as the company looks to cut corners to meet government austerity targets.”

Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer at London Underground, said: “When we introduce the Night Tube we will need some track patrol staff working on Sunday nights rather than Fridays.

“We’ve given our existing staff the choice whether or not to cover these shifts, which protects their work/life balance. No jobs are at risk and contract staff will only be used temporarily, to cover shifts that our employees choose not to work.

“This freedom to choose for our staff is part of our pay and Night Tube offer, which the RMT has recommended its members accept. We’ll be doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t impact services for customers.”

Proposed strikes by RMT, Unite, Aslef and TSSA over pay and plans to introduce all-night services were cancelled after the unions agreed to a revised set of London Underground proposals.

However, the maintenance workers are planning up to seven 12 and 24-hour strikes between now and 12 June.

Image c. Tim Ireland

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >