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Tube strikes from 3 September over Metronet

Issue No. 2065

Workers at the failed Metronet tube maintenance company are to mount two 72-hour strikes as the bankrupt company’s administrator has not secured guarantees over jobs, conditions and pensions.

THe workers taking three days of action are in the RMT and Unite unions. Members of the TSSA union will be taking strike action over the same issue for two days. Tube maintenance staff will walk off the job at 6pm on Monday 3 September. The strike will finish at 6pm on Thursday 6 September. The second strike will follow the same pattern, starting a week later on Monday 10 September.

In the ballot 98 percent of RMT workers voted for strike action on a 51 percent turnout.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, 'The bottom line is that they will not accept being made to pay for the failure of the PPP and the decision by Metronet's fat-cat shareholders to walk away from the contract, and that means no job losses, no forced transfers and no cuts in pension entitlements.'

Metronet workers will demonstrate at the Department for Transport in London on Tuesday 14 September for an end to the part-privatisation of the Tube and for the return of infrastructure work to the public sector.

During their second stoppage they will also lobby the Trades Union Congress on Tuesday 11 September for support from fellow trade unionists.


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Fri 24 Aug 2007, 14:42 BST
Issue No. 2065
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