20 July 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT warns of mother of all battles against government’s plans for tube privatisation and driverless trains
TUBE UNION RMT today responded to the government terms of the review into Transport for London which say there will be a:
“review of the current operating model and whether there are any opportunities that alternative operating models could bring over the longer term, including consideration of structures and governance.”
“the identification of opportunities to deliver further efficiencies in the medium term in relation to operating costs, including but not limited to, workforce modernisation, and exploring the feasibility of extending driverless operation from the DLR to other lines which are already automatic.”
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
“It is utterly disgraceful that the government’s response to the heroic efforts of thousands of key tube workers who are risking their lives to keep London moving during the Covid-19 epidemic is to now threaten tube privatisation and driverless trains.
“This not just a serious threat to safety and services it is the government using the tube as a political football and engaging in political point scoring in advance of the Mayoral elections.
“Make no mistake if the government attempt to proceed with these plans there will be the mother of all battles including the option of all out strike action.”