The RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) Union members have voted to go on strike over further disputes over the Night Tube service – just 24hrs after new London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed it start date.
The overnight service was due to launch on two lines from August 19th, but it seems the ongoing workers disputes over the new service are not over just yet. 85% of members have voted in favour of strike action over pay, staffing and pension issues with Transport For London.
Whether or not a date will now be set for industrial walk-outs is yet to be confirmed, but the Union will take the ballot’s result into consideration when deciding their next steps.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “There are major unresolved issues over the Tube Lines staffing arrangements for the night Tube and over performance-related pay”, and called for more ‘meaningful talks’ between parties, saying “The ballot result will be considered by RMT’s executive and, now that the members have shown their anger, it is absolutely essential that there is the earliest possible resumption of serious and meaningful talks on these issues and the union is ready to engage in those talks.”
The services should, in theory, still run from August 19th, with c200 part-time drivers currently taking part in an intensive 14-week training course to ensure that they’re ready for work in time. The Central and Victoria lines will be first to launch with services overnight, followed by the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly at later dates.
This is the first strike action faced by new Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been in office for less than a month.
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Author Lex Barber