Socialist Worker

New London Underground ballot

by Unjum Mirza, RMT tube activist (personal capacity)
Issue No. 2173

Workers on the London Underground in the RMT transport union are planning to ballot for strike action over pay.

Management had offered us an insulting five year deal.

Strike action by RMT members in June had the effect of reducing this multi-year “offer” to two years.

However, this remains derisory. Year one would be a 1.5 percent increase from 1 April this year.

Year two would be RPI plus 0.5 percent or just 0.5 percent – whichever is the greater – from 1 April 2010.

RMT reps rejected the offer and the union’s executive has agreed to ballot all London Underground members for strike action and action short of a strike.

Reps at Transport for London also rejected the three year deal presented to them.

Drivers in the Aslef union are due to hold a reps meeting on Monday of next week to decide their approach.

In June, the union’s leadership disgracefully encouraged Aslef members to cross RMT picket lines.

Rank and file members are engaged in a debate to try and ensure we do not have a repeat of this.

Our immediate task is to build for a massive yes vote for strike action and create links with Aslef’s rank and file.

We also need to show solidarity and co-ordinate action with other groups of workers in struggle, such as the postal workers and firefighters.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.