Tube strike over Jubilee line pay row

LONDON Underground maintenance workers on the Jubilee Line are to stage a series of 24-hour walkouts in a row over pay.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) employed by Alstom on the Jubilee line will walk out from 7.29pm next Wednesday.

They will also strike each Sunday evening at the same time from 31 January until further notice.

Union chiefs said they had ordered the strikes for maintenance staff working for trainmakers Alstom at the Stratford Market depot.

It is understood the Stratford staff receive up to £60-a-week less than colleagues at other depots.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Despite lengthy talks aimed at reaching an agreement that ensures that Stratford Market depot fleet staff get the same wages as their brothers and sisters elsewhere on the Underground, Alstom have dug their heels in and left us no option but to take decisive action to break the deadlock.

"Our members' anger over this blatant unfairness is reflected in a 100 per cent vote for strike action and action short of a strike.

"We hope that management will now recognise that they cannot go on treating the Stratford fleet maintenance staff as poor relations and that they will get back round the table and negotiate a fair settlement."

A Transport for London spokesman said: “This is a matter for Tube Lines, its contractors and the RMT and we urge them to resolve the matter quickly without any disruption to Londoners.”