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Metronet workers vote to strike again

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2097

London Underground workers in the RMT union at the failed private contractor Metronet have voted by more than four to one to strike over pensions, travel facilities and the outsourcing of work.

The Metronet consortium that was responsible for maintenance and upgrading of the tube went bust last year.

Workers struck successfully in defence of their terms and conditions in September.

The collapse of Metronet showed the disaster of the privatised Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal that Gordon Brown drove through on the tube.

The workers are demanding guarantees that when Metronet contracts are transferred to Transport for London, none of the workers will be transferred to other employers.

Workers are also demanding that all Metronet staff be allowed to join the Transport for London pension scheme and receive the same travel facilities as the company’s other employees.

According to Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, “We have had detailed talks with the company and its administrators over many months and have held

positive discussions with the mayor on the issues involved, but we are yet to receive the unequivocal written guarantees we are seeking for our members.

“Our members have shown once again that they are not prepared to pay the price for the failure of the PPP.

“The transfer of these contracts is highly complex, but we need simple guarantees on the security of our members’ jobs and their pensions.”

Other workers on the tube recently won guarantees on safety and ticket office closures following an overwhelming vote to strike by TSSA and RMT union members.

Talks were ongoing between the RMT and management as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 15 Apr 2008, 19:24 BST
Issue No. 2097
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