Jubilee Line maintenance workers balloted for strike action

By Rachel Bishop on June 9, 2014 2:19 PM |

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RMT members working to maintain the track on the Jubilee Line are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over the withdrawal of rest days.

The dispute, which has massive implications for the Jubilee Line services, is over the removal of rest days for workers employed by the Permanent Way Department.

RMT acting general Secretary Mick Cash said: "It is shocking that the track staff working for tube lines on the Jubilee Line have faced a unilateral attack by the management on their rest days which rips apart any notion of a work/life balance and leaves them at the beck and call of the employers regardless of the impact on family life and out of work commitments.

"RMT is determined to fight this abuse which has serious ramifications for all staff across London Underground as the employers attempt to undermine hard won terms and conditions in different sections of the combine."

Nigel Holness, operations director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said: "Due to a shift planning error maintenance staff on the Jubilee line have been accruing rest days, which they were not entitled to, but we recognise this is our fault and so are not seeking to reclaim any time or money from staff.

"We do however want staff to continue to work a 35-hour week rather than longer hours, which lead to additional rest days, which would mean we can plan resources and work to operate the railway more efficiently.

"I urge the RMT to continue to discuss this issue rather than balloting their members for strike action, which will achieve nothing."