22 August 2018
RMT Press Office
RMT strike action at crucial London Underground Ruislip Depot 100% solid this morning
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action by transplant train maintenance and stores staff at London Underground’s crucial Ruislip Depot is absolutely 100% rock solid this morning.
The strike action is over disputes about pay parity and payments associated with train preparation based on the duties staff undertake in their role.
The escalation of the action coincides with a major programme of track works over the coming bank holiday weekend including joint Ballast Track Replacement (BTR) works at Wimbledon with Network Rail. BTR forms the bulk of the TransPlant’s workload and has to be supported by a fleet of TransPlant engineering vehicles from Ruislip Depot and the operational staff to accompany it.
The two groups of staff in dispute at Ruislip depot are taking strike action as follows-
Wednesday 22/08/18 07:00 - 07:00 Friday 24/08/18
Friday 24/08/18 19:00 -19:00 Sunday 26/08/18
The Ruislip depot has full responsibility for operation and maintenance of London Underground's fleet of engineering trains and it’s on track plant providing engineering services and haulage on a 24/7 basis to support the capital's tube network capital investment programme and ongoing maintenance demands.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is angry and frustrated that our efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to this dispute have been kicked back at every turn by London Underground. Our members are standing rock solid on the picket line this morning.
“Despite previous industrial action, the only proposals tabled by the company so far to resolve this dispute have been on a self-financing basis involving job losses and productivity measures, which is why we have been left with no choice but to press on with this campaign of strike action in the pursuit of justice for our members.
“The union continues to remain available for meaningful talks.”