Tube maintenance workers to go on strike in pension row

11:10 19 November 2012

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Tube workers will stage a 24-hour walkout on Friday in a long-running row over pensions and free passes for maintenance staff.

The strike will take place from 6am until after Tube Lines, a Transport for London subsidiary, and the RMT failed to come to an agreement.

The union claims Transport for London managers have refused to allow former Tube Lines staff to have their pension scheme transferred automatically from the ‘inferior’ defined contribution scheme to the TfL pension fund.

General Secretary Bob Crow said: “This dispute is about justice and about ensuring that all groups of staff under the umbrella of London Underground receive the same rights and benefits and our members have no choice but to strike again in the fight to secure those basic rights.”

“We have gone through all the negotiating channels but Tube Lines continue to refuse to budge and have also refused to engage in meaningful talks.

“It is that pig-headed approach has raised the temperature on the shop floor and has resulted in this latest phase of strike action later this week.

Tube Lines staff are responsible for maintenance and upgrade work on the Jubilee line, Northern line and Piccadilly line

Mr Crow added: “The union remains ready to talk, and the strong mandate for this industrial action and the strength of feeling amongst our members shows Tube Lines and TfL the depth of anger there is over this blatant lack of fairness and justice.”

Tube Lines has described industrial action on the issue as “completely unnecessary”, adding that since becoming part of TfL all Tube Lines employees have kept their existing terms and conditions of employment.

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