Fresh row over tube jobs ahead of talks

A new row over job cuts on London Underground flared today ahead of peace talks aimed at averting more strikes by thousands of Tube workers.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) claimed that LU was planning to cut up to a third of repair teams looking after lifts and escalators across the network.

General secretary Gerry Doherty claimed that the cuts would hit young mothers and the elderly the hardest as lifts and escalators were left unrepaired and they were forced to use stairs.

He claimed that maintenance firm Tube Lines, which looks after the Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee Lines, was cutting 20 jobs from its 60 strong repair team while Otis, which serves the whole Tube network, was cutting 80 jobs from its 500 strong workforce.

"You cannot chop these amount of jobs without an impact on day to day operations. Londoners will face a worse journey to work with more and more lifts and escalators simply not working as they should."

Members of the TSSA and the Rail Maritime and Transport union walked out earlier this month, disrupting Tube services, with further 24-hour stoppages planed from October 3, November 2 and 28.

The unions are fighting plans to cut 800 jobs, mainly at ticket offices, with Transport for London arguing that many only sell a few tickets an hour because of the success of the Oyster pre-payment system.

The talks, at the conciliation service Acas, will be held as workers continue with an overtime ban, which the unions claimed is starting to "bite".

Howard Collins, London Underground's chief operating officer, said he hoped to make some "genuine progress" at today's talks, adding: "We will be assuring the unions unequivocally that these proposals come at no cost to LU's high safety standards, and we will be engaging in full safety consultations at each station with unions.

"We will implement these changes without compulsory redundancies, we have committed to staffing all of our stations at all times, and all stations with a ticket office will continue to have one."

A TfL spokesman said: "These claims are nonsense and we do not recognise these figures.

"There may be some small reduction of a few jobs in the Tube Lines escalator and lift team, but this was always envisaged from the start of the upgrade works as station upgrade works have largely been done in the first seven-and-a-half years of the contracts.

"This will have no impact whatsoever on lift and escalator availability for passengers and fault response and fix times, which have been improved significantly.

"We urge the TSSA to stop these bogus claims. We cannot speak for any outside contractor and their management of staff."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Senior Environmental Adviser - Maternity Cover

£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...

Recruitment Genius: CBM & Lubrication Technician

£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...

Recruitment Genius: Care Worker - Residential Emergency Service

£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Landscaper

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea