11 November 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT secures massive victory on Tube Lines over pay, pensions and Night Tube.
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it has secured a massive victory for Tube Lines maintenance staff on London Underground on pensions, pay and Night Tube:
1. Pensions: Access to the TfL Pension Fund for all current employees and new joiners from 29th January 2017. Former Metronet staff on TFL and LU will also be able to enter the scheme.
2. Pay: A protected RPI pensionable salary increase in every year from April 2015 until April 2019. Plus a consolidated £500 payment in the first year in recognition of the move to a 24-hour passenger service operation.
3. Night Tube: A £500 non-consolidated payment to all Operational Staff following the successful launch of the service on the Piccadilly Line on 16th December 2016.
The breakthrough has come after years of determined and united campaigning and fighting for a fair deal which has included the use of industrial action. RMT says that the ground-breaking deal, which turns the tide on attacks on final-salary pensions which are prevalent across UK industry, has only been achieved through strong, militant trade unionism and the solidarity and the resilience of the tube maintenance workforce.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “RMT is pleased to be able to report that in the two specific disputes with Tube Lines the union has been able to secure a good pay deal and, critically, we have finally been able to win equality and justice in pension provision for all Tube Lines members.
“The dispute over pensions goes back years and is a legacy of PPP. This issue is now resolved and we cannot overstate the massive achievement which has been secured through a long battle involving strike action, campaigning and years of resolve and determination from our Tube Lines members.
“This victory proves once again that the RMT model of militant, industrial trade unionism, backed up by professional negotiations and campaigning, gets results where it matters. We could not have secured this stunning breakthrough without the sheer guts and resilience of our members and they are a credit to the entire trade union movement.”
Full details of the package secured by RMT are set out below:
Current employees who are members of the Tube Lines Pension Scheme, or who are eligible for membership, will be offered the opportunity to join the TfL Pension Fund for future service from 29th January 2017.
New employees joining Tube Lines on or after 29th January 2017 will have the same opportunity to join the TfL Pension Fund as new employees in London Underground or Transport for London.
Additionally, a very long-standing claim has also been successfully resolved as former Metronet employees who are now employed by TfL or London Underground will also be given a further opportunity to join the Tfl Pension Fund on 29th January 2017.
In return for the above, RMT has committed to examine technology driven savings across the Tube Lines and London Underground businesses in the asset and operational support areas. Any efficiency projects will of course be subject to the existing agreed policies and procedures.
The pay offer which has been accepted is identical to the one given to LUL members and is detailed below. I have asked that the increase and backdated money is paid to members at the earliest opportunity and Tube Lines has advised it will be paid through the first available payroll following acceptance of the offer.
Year 1 – An average increase of 2%, made up of 1% plus a flat rate of £500 consolidated increase for all grades in recognition of the transformation to a 24-hour passenger service operation, effective 1st April 2015.
Year 2 – RPI or 1%, whichever is the greater, effective 1st April 2016.
Year 3 – RPI or 1%, whichever is the greater, effective 1st April 2017.
Year 4 – RPI + 0.25% or 1%, whichever is the greater, effective 1st April 2018.
The RPI figure is February RPI, as published in March each year.
In recognition of the launch of Night Tube, the Company will pay a £500 non-consolidated payment to all operational staff covered by this agreement. This payment will be made in the first available payroll following the successful launch of the service on the Piccadilly Line on 16th December 2016.
Track and Signals staff will be required to move to a Sunday to Thursday roster to support the operation of Night Tube on the JNP lines. However, a working group will finalise the roster arrangements and where roster changes are required, cases of genuine, demonstrable individual hardship will be considered locally using existing policies.
No other grades are affected by any roster changes due to Night Tube.