SEVEN weekend Tube strikes planned over ‘lethal’ safety issues
PUBLISHED: 10:04 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:19 05 February 2016
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Maintenance workers on London Underground have announced a wave of strikes lasting until June in response to safety changes that they say “will lead to someone being killed”.
This is a separate issue to the strike over ticket office closures this weekend.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out next Friday at 6.30am for 24 hours, followed by six more stoppages.
The union said 1,500 maintenance staff were involved in a row over “basic safety issues”.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the strikes were to protect workers on the tracks: “From a situation where everyone knew how to access the track, we now have anarchy and uncertainty. Into this mix we have engineering train movements that we believe will lead to someone being killed and this union will not sit back and wait for a disaster to happen.
“These ill-conceived and lethal changes to track access must be reversed. RMT remains available for talks.”
Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer at London Underground, said: “Talks are already planned with the RMT union next week at Acas to resolve this issue.
“Safety is always our top priority and we have robust and comprehensive procedures in place to ensure that any staff working on the track are kept safe and are aware of any train movements.
“We have talked to our trade unions extensively about the changes we have made to track access for engineering work and will continue these discussions next week.”
The strike dates are:
:: 6.30am Friday February 12 to 6.29am on Saturday February 13.
:: 6.30am to 6.29pm on Sunday March 6.
:: 6.30am Friday March 25 to 6.29am Saturday March 26.
:: 6.30am Sunday March 27 to 6.29am Monday March 28.
:: 6.30am to 6.29pm on Sunday April 24.
:: 6.30am to 6.29pm on Sunday May 15.
:: 6.30am to 6.29pm on Sunday June 12.