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Tube workers

by Mac McKenna, RMT rep, King’s Cross
Issue No. 1930

LONDON Underground station staff have been ofered a 35-hour week deal as a result of the RMT union’s recent pay strike.

RMT members are about to vote on the deal—but it is not all that it may seem.

Who doesn’t want 52 days annual leave? On the other hand, this will be achieved by “banking” 2.5 hours compulsory overtime each week.

This is quality time off, for sure. But it is to be “paid for” by losing 200 ticket office jobs.

The rationale behind the ticket office job losses is that the new technology—Oyster cards—has led to a drop in sales at stations. When the deal was outlined to RMT reps last week, supporters of Socialist Worker argued strongly that new technology shouldn’t mean job losses.

We voted against acceptance, but were the only ones to do so.

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Sat 4 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1930
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