15 November 2016
RMT Press Office:
Big votes for action in two separate disputes on London Underground.
Tube union RMT confirmed today that balloting has concluded in two separate disputes on London Underground with massive votes for action being recorded in both. Both disputes, tube station staff and Piccadilly Line drivers, have safety of passengers and staff at their core.
The disputes are:
• Tube station staffing and safety. Over 3000 RMT station staff members have been balloted for action over the impact on safety from the axing of nearly 900 front-line workers alongside the closure of tube ticket offices. RMT says that the cuts have left safety on a knife edge with the incidents at Canning Town and North Greenwich throwing the spotlight on dangers which are being worsened by the cuts process.
In this dispute 85% voted for strike action and 94% for action short of a strike.
• Piccadilly Line. Hundreds of drivers balloted in a dispute over breaches of policies, procedures and safety which amount to a wholesale breakdown in industrial relations.
In this dispute 84% voted for strike action and 87% for action short of a strike.
Both results will now be considered in detail RMT’s executive.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“RMT members on the London Underground stations see day in and day out the toxic impact of the job cuts programme and they are reporting back that it is horrific. With the constant overcrowding on stations and platforms it is only a matter of time before there is a major tragedy if we don’t act decisively. Our dispute is about taking action to haul back the cuts machine and put safety back at the top of the agenda.
“In the separate dispute involving drivers on the Piccadilly Line, safety is again a major factor and is tied in with the ripping up of policies and procedures and ignoring warnings from staff. Our members have been left exposed and vulnerable and we have no choice but to blow the whistle before lasting damage is done.
“RMT members have now voted overwhelmingly for action in both these disputes and the results will now be considered by the unions executive. The union remains available for talks.”