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Where next for crucial London Underground fight?

Issue No. 2156

The RMT and London Underground management are to hold talks over the dispute in the coming days.

The threat of strike action forced bosses to seriously negotiate with the union before last week’s action, but bosses withdrew a deal at the last minute.

The success of last week’s strike has only strengthened the RMT’s hand in the negotiations. And workers and union leaders are adamant that if their demands are not met the union should call further rounds of strikes.

Many activists are looking to co-ordinate future action with post workers in the CWU union in London who are in dispute over jobs, conditions and attacks on the union (see »Wave of strikes to hit post)

Clare Reilly, an RMT member at East Ham station, told Socialist Worker, “Management need to realise that they should sit down and talk to us seriously. We will not be bullied.

“If there is no movement from management we will need to go for strikes again. We have no intention of backing down.

“They always assume that everyone is against us, but it’s not true. There are many people who wish they had a union that would fight for them.

“Maybe our fight can inspire other unions to stand up for their members.”

An RMT member at Stonebridge Park said, “Members know that if Boris Johnson wants to play politics with the tube, and that’s what he’s doing, then there will a further round of strikes.

“We cannot accept redundancies, which we were promised in 2001 we wouldn’t have to. This dispute will rumble on unless management gives us what we want.”

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