17 March 2016
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RMT calls for assurances on Night Tube safety case and a fair deal for engineers as Mayor announces July start target.
Biggest tube union calls for assurances on safety case and a fair deal for engineers after Mayor confirms July start for Night Tube.
London's largest tube union called for reassurances from London Underground on the Night Tube safety case, and a fair deal for Tube Lines engineers, after the Mayor confirmed a July start for the project.
RMT's LUL members have overwhelmingly backed a pay and conditions package that covers Night Tube and the union has supported the idea of extended running properly introduced through negotiation.
However, the union has yet to see a full safety case and remains in dispute over nearly 1500 Tube Lines maintenance staff who are currently being balloted for strike action.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"We may have settled the dispute for LUL staff on pay and conditions but the idea that all of the outstanding issues have been resolved, not least the safety case and the Tube Lines engineers dispute, is simply not true.
"There are still significant concerns over staff rosters and those basic operational issues would be fundamental to hitting a start date this summer. There is very clearly some distance to go in terms of getting all of the components in place.
"The whole project is being constructed against a backdrop of TFL cuts and only a fool would pretend that those cuts do not have an impact on the operational model.
"There was also media coverage in London last week over Police concerns about increased crime taking place during all-night running on Fridays and Saturdays".
"RMT remains fully engaged in delivering the Night Tube and fully committed to making sure that all of our members, including Tube Lines, are properly respected and rewarded. "