24 May 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT Tube Lines members vote by massive majority for action in Night Tube pay and pensions dispute.
Tube union RMT confirmed today that a ballot of Tube Lines maintenance and engineering staff over Night Tube, pay and pensions has recorded an overwhelming vote for action.
Over 85% voted for strike action with an even larger majority for action short of a strike.
The dispute is over the companies refusal to discuss outstanding pensions issues until after the launch of the Night Tube operation. There are also major unresolved issues over Night Tube staffing arrangements and a threat to undermine PRP agreements through Tube Lines refusing to base budgets on the negotiated levels of Performance Related Pay.
The result will now be considered by RMT’s executive.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“RMT members have now shown their anger at the way that Tube Lines have attempted to tie in attacks on pensions with the offer on pay and Night Tube. There are also major unresolved issues over the Tube Lines staffing arrangements for the Night Tube and over Performance Related Pay.
“The ballot result will be considered by RMT’s executive and now that the members have shown their anger it is absolutely essential that there is the earliest possible resumption of serious and meaningful talks on these issues and the union is ready to engage in those talks.