Londoners are facing five months of commuter misery as 94% of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members voted in the ballot to strike due to pensions, working conditions, jobs and issues over rotas.
RMT union members refused assurances on pensions, working conditions and jobs over claims that central government are driving the “on-going financial crisis.”
The RMT will consider the ballot and will take “whatever action is necessary” so that their members do not pay the price for financial crises which is nothing to do with the staff.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said,“A financial crisis at LU has been deliberately engineered by the Government to drive a cuts agenda which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten the working conditions and pensions of our members.
“It must never be forgotten that these are the same transport staff praised as heroes for carrying London through Covid for nearly two years, often at serious personal risk, who now have no option but to rise up and defend their livelihoods.
“The politicians need to wake up to the fact that transport staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis and we will coordinate a campaign of resistance with colleagues from other unions impacted by this threat.”
Andy Lord, managing director of London Underground, said, “The devastating impact of the pandemic on TfL finances has made a programme of change urgently necessary and we have been working with our staff and trade union colleagues for a number of months as proposals are developed.
“Nobody has or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have set out and there are no current plans to change the TfL pension or terms and conditions.
“We’re calling on the RMT to work with us constructively, to avoid any industrial action which would damage TfL and London’s recovery, as we ensure London Underground is efficient and financially sustainable so it can continue to serve Londoners and support its staff.”