Transplant engineer train drivers strike over pay disparity


Further to my previous Circular (IR/237/16, 12th August 2016), branches will be aware that our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over management’s total failure to meet our fair demand for pay parity.

LUL purchased new tamper machines in 2015 which they intended to operate with contractors, therefore leaving RMT Tube Lines members with old stock and less work. Following long and protracted negotiations, an agreement was reached for RMT members to work the new machines which resulted in a new roster, 9 new jobs and a 6.3% salary increase. While this is of course a good and welcome agreement for all concerned, it did leave a disparity where our members’ salaries are no longer in line with those of their Tamper colleagues.

Talks to try to address this disparity have regrettably failed and we are left with no option but to call industrial action. We cannot accept such disparity in pay and management must be sent a clear message it will not be tolerated.

Members are therefore instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

  • 05.59 hours Friday 26th August 2016 until 05.59 Sunday 28th August 2016

In addition, members are instructed not to work any overtime between:

  • 06.00 hours Sunday 28th August 2016 and 05.59 hours Tuesday 30th August 2016.

I urge you our members to stand shoulder to shoulder during this action. Management must be left in no doubt of our strength and determination to have our demands met.  We will continue to seek meaningful discussions to resolve this dispute and branches will be kept fully informed of developments.