Tube strike

Workers who maintain and upgrade three London Underground lines are staging a 72 hour strike.

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Underground denies PPP claim

London Underground has denied it will bring back Public Private Partnership schemes on the network. The RMT union claimed the current row over Tube Lines pensions indicated LU wanted to bring in private firms. But LU's managing director Mike Brown said it intended to keep control of Tube projects.

"There are no plans to repeat the PPP structures of the past. LU has recently taken the maintenance of the Jubilee fleet of trains back under our direct control. Our actions speak for themselves."

– Mike Brown, London Underground

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Tube Lines: RMT have not suspended strike

Yesterday Tube Lines, which maintains the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, and the RMT met at ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to try to resolve this issue through constructive discussion.

Unfortunately the RMT leadership have not agreed to suspend their action, which is completely unnecessary and will not achieve anything. Since becoming part of Transport for London all Tube Lines’ employees have kept their existing terms and conditions of employment.

The RMT's ballot showed that less than 44 per cent of its members voted in favour of strike action.

We urge the RMT leadership to return to discussions, and we remain ready to continue such discussions at any time to try and avert the strike.

Should this industrial action go ahead, we expect it to have no significant effect on Tube services.

We have well practised contingency plans in place to ensure that the essential maintenance required on the railway can either go ahead as planned or can be rearranged.

We do not and will not put passenger or staff safety at risk.

– Jon Lamonte, Tube Lines’ Chief Executive

Talks to avert strike

Talks will take place today, aimed at averting a tube strike next week.

Maintenance workers are due to stage a 72-hour strike on Tuesday from 4pm.

The dispute is over demands from the RMT union for all Tube Lines staff to get the same benefits as London Underground workers.

Tube Lines carries out upgrades and repairs on the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee Lines - and was bought by Transport for London two years ago.

Tube talks

There'll be talks on Thursday aimed at averting a tube strike planned for next week.

Maintenance workers are due to stage a 72-hour strike on Tuesday from 4pm.

The dispute is over demands from the RMT union for all Tube Lines staff to get the same benefits as London Underground workers.

Tube Lines carries out upgrades and repairs on the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee Lines - and was bought by Transport for London two years ago.

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