RMT union announces seven more Tube strikes starting next week – but this weekend’s closures called off

PUBLISHED: 14:41 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:51 05 February 2016

Tube strikes called off

Tube strikes called off

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Seven more Tube strikes have been announced today over “basic safety issues”.

Tube union RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) confirmed nearly 1,500 maintenance and renewals staff on London Underground (LU) and Tube Lines would be involved in seven separate blocks of strike action.

The first will take place next Friday February 12.

Action planned to take place this weekend has been called off.

A statement on the RMT website said: “The core issue at the heart of the dispute is about safely accessing the track.

“LU are imposing new track access arrangements called Section 15 Possessions instead of using the current tried and tested Track Access Controllers.

“Already we have seen numerous incidents where people have been left at risk from moving trains but the union’s concerns have been ignored and disregarded by an agenda more driven by cost cutting than by desire to make sure workers are safe on the track.”

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.”

:: 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

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