Not a penny less
TUBE WORKERS are set to ballot for strike action over pay after management refused to agree to a rise recommended by an independent mediator. The mediator said all tube workers should receive a 4 percent increase.
But London Underground management last week made a "final offer" of 3.7 percent. Both the RMT and ASLEF unions have rejected that. They are currently balloting for strikes over the lack of facilities for drivers at outlying depots and stations.
The result of that will be known a week on Monday. Any action by tube workers takes place under the looming threat of New Labour's PPP privatisation plan.
A report by accountants Deloitte & Touche, which finally saw the light of day last month, has proved that the PPP scheme is more expensive than public funding.
London Underground is cutting investment in the run-up to privatisation, just as the mainline railway did. Strikes over pay and conditions can provide a focus for the fight against privatisation, as well as boosting the confidence of union activists who delivered two solid strikes earlier this year.
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