(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Maintenance workers on London Underground were starting a 72-hour strike later Tuesday in a row over pensions which union leaders believe will hit services.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) who maintain and upgrade the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines and deal with emergencies across the network, will walk out this afternoon until the same time this Friday, they announced.
The union said the action will disrupt services across the system, but LU management denied this, maintaining there would not be any significant impact.
Talks aimed at resolving the dispute ended without agreement at the conciliation service Acas last week.
Jon Lamonte, Tube Lines' Chief Executive, said "Since becoming part of Transport for London all Tube Lines' employees have kept their existing terms and conditions of employment.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said a 4-1 vote in favour of strikes was a "massive mandate", adding "This dispute is about justice and about ensuring that all groups of staff under the umbrella of London Underground receive the same rights and benefits.
Around 3 million people use the tube network daily, including thousands of tourists.