by Tim Lezard RMT members working on London Underground are today taking industrial action in their on-going fight to halt the cuts to jobs and services across the network. From midnight, Station Grades members, Revenue Protection and Duty Station Mana …

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RMT members working on London Underground are today taking industrial action in their on-going fight to halt the cuts to jobs and services across the network.

From midnight, Station Grades members, Revenue Protection and Duty Station Manager Grades members will stop working overtime.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “This next phase of action has been called for the clear and simple reason that London Underground has failed to engage in serious discussions over cash-led cuts to jobs, services and safety. In fact, as a Freedom of Information request by members of the GLA has revealed, the cuts are being bulldozed through without any mandate and in total ignorance of the public consultation being carried out by London Travel Watch. RMT is also aware that the staffing cuts figures supplied under the FOI massage and understate the true scale of job cuts. That is simply outrageous.

“It remains the case that many underground locations will be left without sufficient staff to safely and effectively run stations. For example Ladbroke Grove Cover Group will have its staffing level halved. All local stations will be lone worked through both peaks and even the busiest gateway stations will see cuts, despite an LUL commitment they will get more staff.

“In terms of ticket offices, the union has serious concerns over the company’s reliance on unproven, unreliable technology to replace them. Despite setting out these fundamental flaws, LUL refuse even to discuss their contingency plans should any aspect of their plans not unfold as intended proving that they are quite happy to take a reckless gamble regardless of the consequences. With the architect of these plans, Phil Hufton, now jumping ship the managerial chaos at the heart of LU has ratcheted up several notches, reinforcing the case for the cuts to be halted.

“RMT has repeatedly demanded meaningful talks with London Underground but the past five months has proved that that demand is falling on deaf ears. The union even suspended action to allow those talks to happen but the management have made no movement and are crashing ahead with their cuts regardless and as a result we are now into a new phase of industrial action and our members remain united and determined as we move the union campaign forwards.”


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