Image above: Northfields Train Depot
A fresh round of Tube strikes could disrupt London’s transport network in June, if transport workers vote to start new industrial action in their ongoing dispute over pensions.
Members of the union Unite at Tfl and London Underground will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a fresh strike in mid-June.
It comes after a string of strikes earlier this year, and ongoing Night Tube strikes by Tube workers disputing rota changes. The overnight strikes by drivers are taking place on the Central and Victoria lines every Friday and Saturday until Sunday 19 June.
Unite’s members at TfL are spread across different parts of the organisation, including Dial-a Ride, London Underground and Croydon trams. The union said its members are also in dispute over pay and the threat of job losses.
‘Appalling way to treat a loyal workforce’, says Unite
The ballot will close on May 26. If members vote in favour of industrial action, strikes could begin by mid-June, although Unite said action is likely to be co-ordinated with other unions who also have members in TfL.
Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said:
“Our members are dedicated to keeping London moving. Now they are being told that they will be poorer in old age. This is an appalling way to treat a loyal and committed workforce.
“Workers are balloting for industrial action as a last resort. Despite repeated calls to management there have been no guarantees on pensions or job cuts.
“Strike action would inevitably cause severe disruption to public transport throughout London.”
Image above: a shuttered Tube station
TfL argues pension issue is “complex” and blames central government
A TfL spokesman said:
“A review of TfL pensions was a condition placed on TfL by government as required as a result of its funding agreement.
“We’ve now received the final report from the independent review into the TfL pension scheme, which has been facilitated by Sir Brendan Barber with the support of pensions expert Joanne Segars.
“The report rightly highlights the complexity of the issues related to pension reform and TfL will now take time to consider next steps.
“There are currently no proposals for changes to TfL’s pension arrangements. Any reform proposed in the future would be subject to consultation with all stakeholders, including staff and trade unions.”
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