BOTH the RMT and ASLEF rail unions are to ballot members on London Underground in a dispute over pay. London Underground Limited (LUL) has already rejected the report of an independent mediator. This recommended a miserly pay increase of 4 percent and talks on the other aspects of the unions' claim.
Even a rise of 4 percent would go nowhere towards meeting the RMT's claim for a 12 percent rise. With housing and other costs in London spiralling out of control, a big pay rise is needed.
ASLEF drivers are also fighting to recover the money lost when they had three years of below inflation pay rises in return for a reduced working week. Balloting starts on 17 September, with the first strike days expected in early October.
Rather than a drawn-out dispute running up to Christmas, we need to hit hard by escalating from 24 to 48 and 72 hour strikes.
Mass meeting for ASLEF members, Thursday 20 September, ASLEF Head Office, Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London.