10 May 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT to fight London Underground plans to abolish Night Tube Train Drivers grade.
TUBE UNION RMT said today that it will fight plans by London Underground to abolish the Night Tube Train Drivers grade – if necessary through a campaign of industrial action.
LU propose to axe the grade from the 16th May in what the union says is a cash led move aimed at shunting staff around the combine at will which will threaten the jobs of 200 Night Tube staff and destroy the work life balance of 3000 Tube drivers.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“London Underground’s proposals to rip up an agreement that protects 3000 Tube drivers work life balance has caused uproar in the depots amongst drivers.
“This breach of trust by an out of touch management abolishes the part time jobs of workers – mainly women – who want them.
“This is the thanks that Tube drivers have been given for keeping the service running through the Covid pandemic.
“With some 200 jobs facing the axe we have been left with no other choice but to prepare the ground for industrial action.
“In the meantime we are calling on the re-elected Mayor of London to intervene to pressure tube bosses to see reason and protect the jobs and working conditions of these hard working staff.”