Over 2,000 London Underground maintenance workers in the RMT rail workers’ union were set to be balloted from Wednesday of this week. Their Metronet employer plans to transfer employees to other companies.
The ballot is set to close on 28 March. The RMT previously prevented Metronet transferring staff to Bombardier, the company’s major shareholder.
Metronet had agreed that it would not transfer workers without agreement with the RMT.
Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “We have managed to protect and improve our members’ pay and conditions within Metronet. We are not about to allow the consortium to trample on them by simply tearing up agreements.
“If Metronet get away with this, it will only be a matter of time before the entire workforce is transferred to Bombardier, Balfour Beatty, WS Atkins and EDF – the four companies that make up the Metronet consortium.”