4 April 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT announces victory for justice over Night Tube drivers’ career progression.
TUBE UNION RMT has called off strike action and heralded a victory for justice for Night Tube drivers as LUL agreed to end the practice of preventing them from moving into vacant full-time positions for a period of at least 18 months. All other staff, including part-time Night Tube Station Staff had been eligible to apply, but Night Tube Train Operators were not.
This policy had led to the union being in dispute with LUL with a whopping 96% voting for strike action and over 98% for action short of a strike. Strike action had been planned for April 8 and 9 and April 29 and 30.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“I want to congratulate our members for standing firm and delivering a massive vote in favour of strike action over this discriminatory policy. It forced London Underground to see sense and stop discriminating against Night Tube drivers over their career progression.
“It was a senseless and damaging policy that picked out one group of staff for negative treatment and of course the drivers were angry, which is why our members voted overwhelmingly for action.
“Now that the dispute has been resolved we have called off the strike action and instructed our members to work as normal.”