TfL: London Overground workers to strike over pay, announces RMT

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RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said members on the TfL's London Overground "are furious that they have been given a below inflation pay offer".

More than 300 London Overground workers will take strike action next month over pay, the RMT union has announced.

Security, station, revenue and control staff will walk out for 48 hours on February 19 and March 4.

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Arriva Rail London (ARL), which has the contract to run London Overground, has offered a below inflation pay offer and members voted for action, said an RMT spokesperson.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: "London Overground workers do an important job delivering services for Transport for London (TfL) and supporting passengers on journeys throughout London.

"Our members are furious that they have been given a below inflation pay offer and want to see an improvement that represents the value they bring to the company.

"If this dispute cannot be resolved then RMT is more than prepared for a sustained period of industrial action to get London Overground workers the pay rise they deserve."

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Steve Best, Managing Director at Arriva Rail London, said: “We are hugely disappointed to hear of the RMT union’s decision to stage industrial action on the London Overground in February and March. We believe we have offered a good pay award in comparison not only to our industry, but other industries and businesses in the UK too. We remain committed to engaging with the RMT in the hope of resolving this dispute.”

“We are putting robust contingency plans in place should any industrial action go ahead, to ensure the safety and security of our people and customers."

A TfL spokesperson said: "We encourage the RMT to continue engaging with Arriva Rail London to try to resolve this dispute and avoid impacting our customers with strike action.”

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