Tube maintenance workers to go on strike in pension row

11:10 19 November 2012

Archant

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.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Sienna Miller has said she thinks that Keira Knightley will be a brilliant mum.

Read more

Teletubbies Say “Eh-oh!” has – regrettably if not unexpectedly – failed to make this list.

Read more

Two of the league’s least resilient defences face off at Anfield, while Manchester City need someone other than Sergio Aguero to score.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

The mother of seven of the children suffered serious stab wounds. She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

According to the MoD, the answer is a resounded “yes”.

Lewis Hamilton’s metaphor for life is particularly deep, with many turns.

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.

TOP Stories

13 minutes ago
Police believe this woman can help in their investigation [Photograph from BTP]

Police want to speak to the woman in this photograph after a 23-year-old man was subjected to a ‘prolonged verbal tirade’ by a woman on the Metropolitan Line.

16 minutes ago
The £175m bridge has been approved by Boris Johnson (Picture: Arup)

Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead the controversial £175million Garden Bridge over the Thames claiming it will be ‘a stunning oasis of tranquillity in the heart of our city’.

TfL's 'amazing' new equipment for preventing delays, behold; THE STICK! (Picture: TfL/Twitter)

There is nothing quite so annoying as delays on Tube journeys - so it’s good to know TfL are sparing no expense with a new hi-tech gadget to help tackle disruption...wait a minute, that’s just a stick.

London Bloggers

Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main room at the Museum of Comedy (Pic: Steve Ullathorne)

This week I visited the Museum of Comedy located at the corner of Museum Street and Bloomsbury Way in the crypt under St George’s Church.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bird Lovegod

I genuinely and honestly have only a slight problem when it comes to buying domain names.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years: