Tube union RMT is preparing to ballot members working in fleet maintenance for industrial action to resist an attempt by London Underground to extend train preparation schedules.
Currently, trains are prepped, with all basic checks being performed, every 24 hours. New proposals from the company would extend that by varying lengths on different lines, to a 96- hour schedule on some lines and an 82 day one on others.
Although LU bosses are yet to announce any definite plans for job cuts, union activists say that a reduction in head count could follow an extension of train prep schedules.
Elsewhere on London Underground, station staff on the District Centre group, covering stations including South Kensington and Gloucester Road, are planning a ballot for strikes against short-staffing, after a similar ballot on the Bakerloo Line forced significant concessions from management. Drivers at the Acton Town depot on the Piccadilly Line are also preparing to ballot, after management imposed a new roster.