Hundreds of London Underground workers set to go on strike on Friday

Over 500 track patrol staff will go on a 24-hour strike from 6:30am on Friday.

The RMT union said staff are protesting over the use of private contractors.

Separately, 1,500 maintenance workers are set to walk out at the same time in a row over safety.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “This dispute is over an outrageous attempt to casualise and undermine the jobs of our London Underground track patrol members through an extension of the use of private contractors. The plan must be halted.

“RMT will continue to fight all attempts to undermine and casualise jobs across London Underground as the company looks to cut corners to meet Government austerity targets.

“This union will not accept the undermining of jobs, conditions and safety or the creeping privatisation of functions.” 

Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer at London Underground, said: “When we introduce the Night Tube we will need some track patrol staff working on Sunday nights rather than Fridays. We’ve given our existing staff the choice whether or not to cover these shifts, which protects their work/life balance. No jobs are at risk and contract staff will only be used temporarily, to cover shifts that our employees choose not to work.

“This freedom to choose for our staff is part of our pay and Night Tube offer, which the RMT has recommended its members accept. We’ll be doing everything we can to ensure this doesn’t impact services for customers.”

Take a look at a list of planned Tube strikes over the next few weeks:

06.30 Friday 12th February 2016 and 06.29 on Saturday 13th February 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 6th March 2016

06.30 Friday 25th March 2016 and 06.29 Saturday 26th March 2016

06.30 Sunday 27th March 2016 and 06.29 Monday 28th March 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 24th April 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 15th May 2016

06.30 and 18.29 on Sunday 12th June 2016


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