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Ballot result due for London Underground dispute

Issue No. 2094

The result of a strike ballot of RMT union members on London Underground was due this week. The dispute centres on management’s plans to close ticket offices, to introduce agency staff and private security guards into the workforce and to attack safety standards.

Some 3,000 station staff in the TSSA union have already voted by 81 percent to take action over the issues.

RMT members are expecting a big yes vote in the ballot. There is pressure in the union to call action alongside the TSSA, which has informed management that it will call a 72-hour strike from 7 April.

However, there is also the expectation of further talks with management, following a meeting with Ken Livingstone where the London mayor offered the unions assurances on most of the issues in dispute. The unions are now awaiting a written response from Livingstone.

Meanwhile over 2,500 members of the RMT working for failed private consortium Metronet are to be balloted for industrial action over outsourcing of work and the future of pensions and travel facilities.

The RMT has not won assurances that its members will not be transferred to other companies once Metronet is transferred to Transport for London. The union also wants assurances over the company pension scheme and travel facilities.

Metronet workers struck successfully over these issues last year.

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Tue 25 Mar 2008, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2094
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