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London Underground workers demand more strikes

Issue No. 2163

London Underground workers are demanding that their RMT union calls further strike dates in their ongoing campaign against job cuts, bullying management and for better pay.

Tube workers took part in a successful 48-hour strike over these issues in June.

The issues haven’t gone away. But for some reason industrial action seems to have stalled.

The RMT entered into talks with management following June’s strike.

But nearly two months later, these seems to be getting nowhere.

RMT activists gathered for a meeting to discuss the campaign on Thursday of last week.

Union officials reported that talks at the conciliation service Acas the previous day had failed to give any guarantees over the threat of compulsory redundancies.

Workers at the meeting described a myriad of disputes erupting across the network.

Some said that London Underground management is leaving vacancies unfilled to save money—adding to the pressure on existing staff.

Many are also worried that their pensions may be the next thing to come under attack.

Time after time, people stood up to ask why the next strike dates had not been set.

However, there is also concern among some workers about their ability to win an argument for taking further action among the workforce as a whole.

Some feel that momentum has been lost and that this will make it difficult to persuade people to take more action and lose pay.

But June’s strike showed the potential for this.

The RMT must name the dates and go all out to build a militant, confident campaign to make the strikes a success.

Management at London Underground have gone on the offensive and workers need to do the same.

As one worker put it, “The battle lines are already drawn—and we have to engage in the battle.”

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Tue 4 Aug 2009, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2163
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