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London Tube maintenance workers end first strike

Tube train
A 48-hour strike took place in June

London Underground maintenance workers have ended the first in a series of 24-hour strikes in a row over rosters and the outsourcing of work.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said the strike, which began at 0645 GMT on Friday, had "rock solid" support from about 750 of its members.

The action hit lines which used to be maintained by Metronet, including the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central.

London Underground (LU) said it had operated a good service.

'Unjustified action'

The 24-hour strike will be followed by stoppages from the same time every Sunday from 14 February until the dispute is resolved.

Warning of disruption, RMT leader Bob Crow said: "Our members are rock solid in their support for this strike and in their determination to defend their jobs and working conditions.

"LU have been hell bent on confrontation through their tearing up of the signals framework agreement and through the unilateral introduction of new working practices which mean they can make people work what hours they like, when they like."

He added that they had held "extensive talks" with the company on the issue of rosters but every proposal from the RMT had "been thrown back in our faces".

A Transport for London spokesperson said: "This is a cynical attempt by the RMT's leadership to try to gain overtime pay for their members.

"They should end this industrial action, the only thing it is achieving is losing their members pay.

"Despite this unjustified action, the vast majority of the Tube network has run a good service throughout the day."

Earlier Phil Hufton, LU's chief maintenance officer, said the issue of rosters affected only 30 staff members and that staff and unions were consulted on the proposed changes.

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