Tube maintenance workers are to be balloted for strike action in a row over a maintenance depot which could be demolished to support the regeneration of Earls Court.
Transport for London and developers Capco are planning to build hundreds of new homes in the area but the RMT union claims the plans will necessitate the demolition of a depot at Lillie Road.
Bosses at London Underground are being accused of “riding roughshod over agreed consultation timetables and threatening the jobs and working conditions” of union members to assist in “a mad dash by Mayor Boris Johnson” to push through the scheme before he steps down next month.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The livelihoods and jobs of all RMT members at Lillie Road is under severe threat.
“The bulldozing through of these plans is at the clear expense of local tenants, residents and the jobs of RMT members affected by the accompanying demolition of Lillie Bridge depot.”
However Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, says “no decision has been made” about the depot’s fate.
He said: “Any decisions regarding the depot will be undertaken in close consultation with staff and trade unions. Talks are planned with the RMT union to resolve this issue.”