Engineering Train Operators are out on strike this weekend after management introduced job cuts into talks about restructuring and pay - and further action is planned.
For around nine months, talks have been taking place between Tube Lines, RMT and ASLEF about new Engineering Train Operator grades and pay rates, which are supposed to be in place by 1 March. Just when the unions thought they were on the home straight to reaching an agreement, management rolled a grenade into the room: they want to make redundancies to fund the pay rise - despite the unions having already agreed to various productivity measures.
The ETOs and both unions have responded in the most effective way possible: a solid strike with more to follow. Tube Lines management can be in no doubt that they will not get willing agreement to sell jobs for pay.
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