Union halts action after concessions on earnings, grading, training and the release time for union representatives
Sunday’s planned strike by Piccadilly Line service control operators has been called off after the RMT won concessions from managers.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “We have now secured the assurances that we were seeking on the issues at the heart of this dispute that protect jobs, earnings, grading, career progression and union facilities..
“These are the same key service control staff who keep services running when demand is at a peak and they are the same staff who manage the problems when the lines are hit by breakdowns and failures and it is only right that they have now secured a just and fair settlement.
“I want to pay tribute to the hard work of our negotiators and the solidarity and determination of RMT members that has been instrumental in settling this dispute.”
Meanwhile a separate dispute is going ahead over a refusal to offer travel information staff and call centre workers an Olympic bonus at a time when managers are attempting to impose changes to working conditions and a unilateral ban on annual leave in some departments.
But following extensive negotiations the union has been able to secure agreements that protect earnings, employment, grading, career progression, training and the release time for union representatives.
Also in London, Unite has called two further 24 hour strikes in its dispute with bus operators in the capital, on Thursday 5 July and Tuesday 24 July – the latter action could lead to a ‘total standstill’ of bus services just three days before the games are due to begin.
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