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Tube workers to stage fresh strike in dispute over jobs and pensions

(PA)
(PA)

London Underground workers are to stage a fresh strike in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on August 19.

The RMT is also striking on Network Rail and 14 train operators on August 18 and 20, alongside members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association on the same days at a number of rail companies.

Rail and Tube strikes
RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The RMT said the new Tube strike has been prompted by Transport for London’s “refusal“ to share details of a draft Government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital.

The union said it is giving TfL until August 2 to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members will once again take to picket lines in this important dispute over pensions, jobs and conditions.

“They have been messed around by TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan. And to add insult to injury, they have not seen the detail of this funding letter from Government.

“Unless there can be assurances made about jobs, pensions and detrimental changes to working conditions, then our strike on August 19 will go ahead.”

Andy Lord, TfL chief operating officer, said: “We have not yet received official notification of this action from the RMT.

“No agreement has been reached with the Government.

“We continue to work closely with our unions, while at the same time talking to the Government to try to ensure that any funding agreement is fair and is the right one for London’s recovery and for our colleagues.

“There is significant work yet to be done.

“We urge the RMT to call off this action and work with us to support London’s recovery.”