RMT members have delivered a massive mandate for action following a straightforward demand for parity with other Tube staff. This dispute is about justice and about ensuring that all groups of staff under the umbrella of London Underground receive the same rights and benefits and our members have no choice but to strike to secure those basic rights. We have gone through all the negotiating channels but Tube Lines has refused to budge and have refused to engage in meaningful talks and that pig-headed approach has raised the temperature on the shop floor and has resulted in this strike action being called.Tube Lines operations director Lee Jones said :
A strike on this issue is completely unnecessary and will not achieve anything. We urge the RMT leadership to end their strike threat and return to talks, as it will only be resolved through constructive discussion. The RMT's ballot showed that less than 44% of its members voted in favour of strike action. Any action would be by maintenance staff, not Tube drivers and station staff. Should a strike go ahead, we have plans in place which will enable London Underground to operate Tube services on all three lines and to minimise any disruption.