More strikes likely after RMT rejects TfL funding deal

More strikes likely after RMT rejects TfL funding deal

31 August 2022

RMT Press Office:

A funding deal struck by TfL and ministers will attack tube workers’ pay and pensions and will lead to further strike action, RMT have warned today.

Following talks behind closed doors between Mayor Sadiq Khan and the government, funding has been secured for TfL operations until 2024.

But the deal appears conditional on attacks on workers’ pensions, potential job losses and a push for pay restraint in the future despite the astronomical rise in inflation and an escalating cost of living crisis.

Driverless trains are also part of the reforms insisted on by Grant Shapps despite the huge costs involved and safety concerns.

RMT along with other transport unions will be holding a Save London Transport rally tonight with special guest US senator Bernie Sanders.

Responding to the funding deal, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This deal negotiated in secret by TfL and government ministers will likely see our members pensions attacked and further pay restraint in the future, coupled with driverless trains.

"Grant Shapps’ attack on tube workers would be unacceptable at any time but in an escalating cost of living crisis it is shameful and will be resisted through further strike action.

"TfL need to stand up to Grant Shapps and demand a deal that serves all the people of London and addresses the real concerns of London transport workers who keep the capital running.

“This rally tonight will send a message that RMT and other transport unions will not tolerate attacks on workers pay and conditions or cuts to public services.”

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