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London Underground staff to vote in strike ballot

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2381

London Underground (LU) bosses announced a huge attack on jobs and pay last week. It includes the closure of all 268 ticket offices and the downgrading of thousands of staff.

Bosses also plan to scrap 753 jobs. Staff who are downgraded will get a three year pay freeze, then have their pay slashed by £4,000 a year.

One London Underground worker said, “I’m furious and it’s frightening—but we have to stop this. It will have a massive effect. We have to ballot for strikes and an overtime ban.”

Bosses claim that downgraded customer assistants will be able to help passengers. 

But some stations are already short-staffed and only kept open through overtime. Bosses plan to cut £4.2 billion by 2021. But the cuts announced last week amount to £270 million. 

This means they will have to make similar cuts another 15 times. The RMT union said it plans to announce a strike ballot this week that will close in January. The quicker there are strikes to stop the attacks, the better.

A strike ballot over the use of agency staff on the Tube and the casualisation of existing workers is due to end on Monday of next week. The ballot covers all RMT union members working on London Underground.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the union remained available for talks.

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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