12 March 2008

Tube strike planned

The transport union TSSA announced today that its members, recently balloted, have chosen to progress with strike-action by 81.2% for and 18.8% against. The move follows union claims that London Underground have renaged on a promise to ensure all LU staff became direcly employed and were to be fully trained to meet LU safety standards. The RMT union has yet to announce what its members plan to do.

We understand the Silverlink stations are at the heart of the dispute, with them becoming part of the LU network, named Overground, since November 2007. Silverlink had used agency staff to meet passenger demand at peak periods, something which is continuing under LT ownership and it is these agency staff who do not meet the basic LU safety standards.