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Tube workers ballot for strike over Metronet jobs and conditons

by Unjum Mirza, RMT political officer for the London Transport region (pc)
Issue No. 2064

Over 2,600 members of the RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions are currently balloting for strike action over threats to jobs and conditions at the failed Metronet consortium on London Underground.

The ballot ends on Monday of next week and this is set to be a major battle over the direction of public services.

Metronet was responsible for the maintenance and infrastructure of two thirds of the London Underground under Gordon Brown’s Public Private Partnership.

It ran up hundreds of millions of pounds of debt and went into administration.

Accountants Ernst & Young have taken over as administrators.

Around 100 RMT reps met on Tuesday of last week to discuss the dispute.

Many are angry about the position they have been put in as there are no guarantees over jobs and pensions.

Workers want the company brought back in-house. The mood for action is very strong and people are talking about five-day strikes to win.

People are fighting to get a massive yes vote in the ballot.

There is also a feeling that the union should not leave Metronet workers on their own, as all tube workers face attacks on pensions (which we have voted to strike against) and our rule books. We also face the closure of ticket offices.

Everybody was up for a united fight with other groups of public sector workers facing similar attacks.

That was shown by our decision to call a mass meeting for Metronet workers at Clerkenwell Green just before the now cancelled CWU postal workers’ union protest on Tuesday of next week.

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Tue 14 Aug 2007, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2064
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