Tube workers balloted for action

London Underground workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said its members working in the Tube's power control room will vote on whether to take action short of a strike.

General secretary Bob Crow said: "We have tried to negotiate a solution to our members' concerns over power room grade progression but the company have failed to come up with a serious package that meets past promises they have given us on pay parity and additional benefits at the top of the pay band.

"Our members rejected the latest proposals by 100% and we now have no option to move to a ballot for action involving these essential staff who power up the entire Tube system. We have no doubt they will deliver a rock solid mandate.

"We hope that a strong yes vote will force the company back to the negotiating table with a substantially improved offer."

Meanwhile, Mr Crow will meet London Mayor Boris Johnson on Friday for their first head-to-head debate since Mr Johnson was elected when they appear on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme.

Mr Crow said: "With the focus in the run-up to Saturday's big TUC demonstration all on this Government's cuts agenda there can be no better time for the Mayor of London to at last agree to have a proper discussion, in public, with a Tube union official."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "London Underground has been working with all unions on developing new ways for power control and track access control staff to progress in their careers.

"LU's proposals would see most staff given pay uplifts and would be based on the introduction of a new skills framework to give staff a clear guide on the performance required to progress. Discussions are ongoing and we would urge the RMT to continue with constructive talks."

* Commuters faced long delays getting into work today after services had to be suspended on a large section of a busy Tube line.

Due to a problem at Wembley in north west London, the Metropolitan line had no trains running between Harrow-on-the Hill and the City of London.

Early-morning trains banked up at Harrow, with hundreds of passengers having to end their London-bound journeys there.

They were forced to try to fight their way on to Chiltern main line trains travelling from Harrow to Marylebone station in London.

Transport for London (TfL) said later that the disruption had been caused by a derailment of an empty train in sidings at Wembley and no one had been injured.

A TfL spokeswoman said: "We apologise to passengers for the inconvenience this caused.

"The incident was caused by driver error, and our safety systems worked correctly in preventing the train from leaving the sidings. We stress that no passengers were involved or endangered during the incident."

After the initial crush of passengers at Harrow, services into London were quickly restored, although there were minor delays at the western end of the line between Chesham and Chalfont and Latimer.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
News
news
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam