Transport for London has refuted claims by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) that by agreeing to a "full pensions rescue" this led to the suspension of a planned three-day strike in the capital.
The London underground strike, originally planned to last three days, was suspended after the RMT, TFL, and administrators from Metronet, the organisation, responsible for upgrading, replacing and maintaining two-thirds of London Underground's infrastructure, held discussions.
Regarding RMT’S claims, Transport for London said nothing had changed.
A TfL spokesman said: “The TFL has always maintained it did not want workers to lose even one penny of benefits, but it would take time to resolve all these issues.”
He continued: “All I can venture is that the RMT did not want this strike to be in vain. The assurances we gave were enough for the TSSA and UNITE who called off industrial action.”
Meanwhile, the RMT claimed that instead of ‘clarification of all jobs and pensions issues’ the TfL had confirmed to the union it would reinstate workers’ pensions to their original entitlement.
A spokesman told Global Pensions: “I have a document here, signed by TFL saying it agreed to a full pension rescue, which is nothing like a clarification of the half measures they were proposing before.”
He added: “It’s sickening that they could even say that”.
Union members had been protesting at the administrators’ lack of assurance that pensions would not be cut.
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: “This means that our members will now actually have their pensions restored to them, which is rather different than promises from a man in an expensive suit.”
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