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December 21, 2023
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The RMT Union is calling for drivers to go on strike in the New Year.

In a statement, the union said: “On Friday last week, before the ballot had even closed, LUL advised us that it was ignoring any of your wishes and that the pay offer would be imposed in January.

“This has understandably been met with a furious response from you and your colleagues and your reps have reported overwhelming support for a significant and immediate response.

“I urge you to support the strike action to demand an improved offer that addresses the inflation of pay bands and protects the lower paid grades.”

Alongside drivers, track access controllers, and London Underground members are planning to go on strike.

In a statement issued by the RMT, it continued: “Engineering Vehicles Operations and Maintenance (formerly Transplant) members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing between 18:00 hours on Friday January 5 and 17:59 hours on Saturday January 6 2024

“Also, not to work any overtime or rest day working between 18:00 hours on Saturday January 6 and 23:59 hours on Friday January 12 2024.”

“Track Access Control, Power Control and London Underground Control Centre members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing between 00:01 hours Sunday January 7 and 23:59 hours on Monday January 8 2024.”

They added: “Service Controller and Service Operator members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Tuesday January 9 2024 [and] 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Thursday January 11 2024

“All other London Underground members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Monday January 8 2025 and 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Wednesday January 10 2024.”

In a statement on the RMT London Calling website, Mick Lynch wrote: “On Friday last week, before the ballot had even closed, LUL advised us that it was ignoring any of your wishes and that the pay offer would be imposed in January.

“This has understandably been met with a furious response from you and your colleagues and your Reps have reported overwhelming support for a significant and immediate response.

“I urge you to support the strike action to demand an improved offer that addresses the inflation of pay bands and protects the lower paid grades.”

As a result of the strikes, thousands of commuters will be affected as they return to work after the Christmas break.

In a statement earlier this week, it was announced that London Underground workers had voted to go on strike in a dispute over their pay.

In a statement, Transport for London (TfL) said: “We are disappointed that RMT has achieved a mandate for strike action based on our full and final pay offer. We have been clear throughout our productive discussions with our trade unions that this offer is the most we can afford whilst ensuring that we can operate safely, reliably and sustainably.

“We remain open for discussions and will do everything in our power to avoid disruption to Londoners.”

It was hoped a strike could have been avoided after the Aslef trade union accepted a pay offer for Tube drivers on Friday.



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