Around 2,500 members of the RMT transport union at the Metronet tube infrastructure company are to ballot for action over the victimisation of a union rep, plans to reduce signals maintenance and attempts to impose rosters.
Management recently suspended health and safety rep Andy Littlechild, the RMT representative for Metronet Rail Infrastructure Services (MRIS), on what the union describes as a “bogus charge”.
Andy was removed from his depot and onto the street at 3am. The suspension has caused deep anger among tube workers.
Andy was the secretary of the Metronet strike committee during the action at the failed private company in September last year.
The union will also ballot Metronet signals staff if the company does not withdraw proposed cuts in signals maintenance and recognise that rosters are subject to negotiation.