12 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT strike at London Underground’s crucial Ruislip maintenance and engineering depot rock solid this morning
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action by transplant train maintenance and stores staff at London Underground’s crucial Ruislip Depot is absolutely rock solid this morning.
The strike action is over a dispute about pay parity and payments associated with Train Preparation based on the duties staff undertake in their role.
The schedule of strike action, which runs through to Sunday, is as follows and the impact is expected to build throughout;
• 07:00 hours on Thursday 12th July to 07:00 hours on Friday 13th July 2018
• 19:00 hours on Friday 13th July to 07:00 hours on Saturday 14th July 2018
• 07:00 hours on Sunday 15th July to 19:00 hours on Sunday 15th July 2018
The Ruislip depot has full responsibility for operation and maintenance of London Underground's fleet of engineering trains and it’s on track plant providing engineering services and haulage on a 24/7 basis to support the capital's tube network capital investment programme and ongoing maintenance demands.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is angry and frustrated that our efforts to reach a negotiated settlement to this dispute have been kicked back at every turn by London Underground. Our members are standing rock solid on the picket line this morning.
“Despite previous industrial action, the only proposals tabled by the company so far to resolve this dispute have been on a self-financing basis involving job losses and productivity measure, which is why we have been left with no choice but to press on with this campaign of strike action in the pursuit of justice for our members.
“The union continues to remain available for meaningful talks.”