Tube Lines

News, reports and information for RMT members on Tube Lines

Details on the Pensions & Passes dispute can be found here.

Executive decision on Picc Line Workshop staff action

We salute the determination of our Members in the rock solid ballot turnout and yes vote in their resolve to halt the attempted introduction of a two-tier work force in the LU Piccadilly Line Fleet area; with all the detriments encapsulated for our present members; and to seek proper ongoing employment for future members joining the company.

We also note the report from our Lead Officer and that some movement was secured at yesterday’s Director level meeting; but not enough in terms of our Members aspirations.

Action set out in Picc Line Workshop dispute

Action in Piccadilly Line/Tube Lines workshop dispute

Tube union RMT today confirmed action by staff in the Piccadilly Line workshops at Northfields and Cockfosters Depots in a dispute over an attempt by Tube Lines to create a two-tier workforce by driving a coach and horses through current agreements and recruiting 35 new staff on fixed term contracts.

RMT concerned over fixed term contracts on Piccadilly Line


At a recent meeting with Tube Lines, the Company announced its intention to recruit 35 new staff to work in workshops on the Piccadilly Line on a 2 year fixed term contract. The work is necessary to enable 24-hour lifting of the trains to replace damaged wheels due to problems with rail head contamination (leaf fall) and wheel flats on the line.

Significant win for Tube Lines members

The RMT have achieved a significant victory in the Tube Lines Pay, Pensions and Night Tube disputes. A good pay deal has been secured, as well as pension parity for all Tube Lines members.  This long running dispute has been won because of the hard work of RMT activists and representatives.

The letter below from General Secretary Mick Cash outlines the dispute, and the full deal is attached.

In Solidarity,

John Leach

London Transport Regional Organiser

Letter from General Secretary 

Strong Yes vote in Shunters' ballot


Further to my previous Circular (IR/189/16, 7th July 2016), the ballot has concluded with the following result:-


Question: Are you prepared to take strike action?

Total Votes Cast                56

Number Voting ‘Yes’           52

Number Voting ‘No’            4

Spoilt Papers                     0


Question: Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

Tube Lines strike ballot prepared over abuse of SPAD management procedure


Further to my previous Circular (IR/133/16, 5th May 2016), members will recall the resolution from LU Fleet Branch concerning unjustified disciplinary action taken against members at Northfields Depot after a shunting incident where a signal was passed at danger. The Lead Officer raised our concerns with the Company and a meeting took place between our Reps and local management at Northfields Depot where management admitted that the investigations seem not to have got all the evident that was available.

RMT Tube Lines members vote by massive majority for action in Night Tube pay and pensions dispute

Tube union RMT confirmed today that a ballot of Tube Lines maintenance and engineering staff over Night Tube, pay and pensions has recorded an overwhelming vote for action.

Over 85% voted for strike action with an even larger majority for action short of a strike.