RMT declares further dispute across London Underground

The RMT has declared a further dispute across London Underground over job losses and is preparing a ballot for industrial action.

The dispute comes in addition to the rows over the current pay round and fleet preparation and maintenance with RMT making it clear that it sees the attacks on jobs, staffing levels, pay and working conditions as part of a concerted assault on the workforce by London Underground that it intends to resist with every tool at its disposal including the use of industrial action.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members across London Underground are furious at what they rightly see as a barrage of attacks from the company with the job cuts assault under the guise of the “Transformation” process just the latest in a catalogue of grievances that are all about hammering down on pay, staffing levels, safety and working conditions.

“RMT has made it crystal clear that we will fight any attempts to rip up agreements as part of a process designed to ram through cash-led cuts that would decimate the workforce and open the door to an assault on job security, pay and working conditions that our members have had to fight long and hard to achieve

“We are now in dispute with London Underground on a number of fronts and are mobilising an industrial and political response that will turn the tide on these ill-conceived attacks.”

The latest dispute has arisen as TfL/LUL is undergoing a process called ‘Transformation’ which aims to make savings through job cuts. The RMT is demanding agreed procedures are followed and any changes to staffing levels are only to be carried out following full consultation and negotiation with the trades unions.

All RMT reps have also been advised not to attend or take part in any briefings or discussions regarding this matter until further notice and preparations for a ballot are now underway.

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