London Underground pay dispute settled

A four-year dispute over pay and conditions, which almost led to a strike on the London Underground on New Year’s Eve, has ended.

Signal workers have voted to accept a new deal. The RMT union said its members voted by 135 to 60 in favour of an agreement which will lead to the introduction of a 35-hour week from July.

There will also be staged pay increases, raising basic rates for a signaller to £31,450 and to £44,000 for a senior line controller by 2007.

“This deal, achieved by our members’ solidarity and determination, has put them at the top of the industrial pay league,” general secretary Bob Crow said.

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