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Issue No. 2152

London ballot

Some 10,000 members of the RMT transport union across London Underground and Transport for London are reballoting for strike action over job cuts, pay and management’s breaches of disciplinary and attendance agreement.

The workers voted by five to one for action last month but a legal challenge by the bosses meant that the union has now organised a reballot.

Workers are balloting over three issues.

Around 3,000 jobs are under threat across the tube network. London Underground wants to push through a five-year pay deal, which gives no real-term increases for four years. RMT members are also concerned by management’s aggressive behaviour.

The ballot closes on Thursday of next week.


Strike on Victoria Line tube

London Underground drivers in the RMT transport union on the Victoria Line were to strike from 9pm on Wednesday of this week for 24 hours.

The drivers are in dispute over management’s failure to install equipment that would stop the trains’ doors from opening on the wrong side in stations. This is in place on all other lines. The harassment of RMT members is also an issue.

A solid 24-hour strike by the drivers forced management to suspend the Victoria Line for a day last month.

The drivers are demanding the reinstatement of sacked train driver Carl Campbell, which management this week upheld.


London Midland strikes called off

Strikes by rail conductors over Sunday working at London Midland trains have been called off.

The strikes were planned for Tuesday and Thursday. They were called off after it was agreed voluntary Sunday working for conductors would continue until 30 August.


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Tue 19 May 2009, 19:01 BST
Issue No. 2152
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