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Big vote for strikes to save jobs on London Underground

Issue No. 2214

Members of the RMT transport union on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against 800 job cuts at stations. The workers do vital jobs on platforms, ticket gates and ticket offices.

The union believes the loss of these safety-critical jobs could make the network much more dangerous for passengers.

The union has recently revealed that it was only because station-based staff spotted smoke on an escalator at Euston and an air-conditioning unit at Oxford Circus that safe evacuation of both stations took place. But it is these jobs now under threat. Transport for London bosses are planning massive spending cuts across the tube.

RMT members voted by 2,810 (76 percent) for strikes to 893 (24 percent) against, with 3,253 to 449 voting for action short of a strike. The result of a ballot of TSSA union members on the same issue is due next week, and the unions will discuss taking coordinated action.

RMT members at the Alstom train maintainers have also voted by 74 to ten for strikes over pay. The workers are also angry about the number of disciplinaries that have been dished out recently.

The unions need to call hard-hitting, joint action to force back the bosses and London mayor Boris Johnson.


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Wed 11 Aug 2010, 16:15 BST
Issue No. 2214
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