Monday 18 December 2017

London Underground rail control staff threaten to strike in safety dispute

London Underground (LU) Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
London Underground (LU) Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Alan Jones

Rail control staff on London Underground are threatening to go on strike in a row over safety, a union has warned.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said its members will be balloted for industrial action unless there are talks with Tube bosses in the next few days.

The union said it has been pressing LU management to meet to discuss additional responsibilities for control staff.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes has appealed to London mayor Boris Johnson to meet him to sort out the dispute.

"He has never replied and LU's repeated refusal to engage on crucial issues with union negotiators is now straining the patience of those charged with keeping the Tube running safely, " said Mr Cortes.

He has written to LU making it "crystal clear" that unless the dispute is resolved by next week control staff will be balloted on industrial action.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is also involved in a dispute with LU over safety.

Mick Cash, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "RMT is currently balloting our service control members over safety issues and our track patrol and maintenance members remain in dispute with LU.

"The unions have been warning that the Government cuts to TfL budgets would decimate the safety culture on the Tube and that is the common thread running through the raft of industrial disputes we are engaged in. Those cuts must be halted before we have a disaster on our hands."

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