London Underground faces a new wave of strikes after talks to avert industrial action between three rail unions and Transport for London (TfL) broke down, the BBC has reported.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and Unite are to vote on strikes over pay. The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) – which had previously accepted the pay deal – reversed its decision and is now considering industrial action.
The unions rejected a two-year pay rise of 1.5% now and a retail price index plus 0.5% rise in year two.
The unions threatened that a strike could take place before Christmas. A 48-hour walkout this summer heavily disrupted services.
A TfL spokesman said it had made “a very fair and final above inflation pay offer…in some of the toughest economic times seen in decades”.
“TSSA members have already been given a say and those who voted backed it by 85%,” he added.
“We continue to urge all unions to put this very fair offer to their members with a recommendation to accept.”