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Slam brake on tube sell off

Issue No. 1805

TUBE WORKERS took their fight against the privatisation of London Underground onto the streets last Tuesday. The RMT union's campaign for a yes vote in the ballot for strike action was kicked off by Bob Crow.

He led a rally against Railtrack's safety breaches at its headquarters in central London last Tuesday Some 9,000 RMT members on the London Underground are being balloted for strike action against privatisation and safety. The ballot began on 14 June and is due to close on Monday. If workers back the calls for action, strikes could bring London Underground to a halt as early as July.

Bob Crow denounced rail privatisation, saying, 'Since 1996 the taxpayer has handed £9.97 billion to subsidise the privatised railways. 'The 25 train operating companies, seven infrastructure companies and 3,000 agencies have made a total profit of £7.4 billion. 'Taxpayers' money is going direct to these profiteers. The RMT will be out getting into all the stations and depots to build a yes vote in this ballot.'

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Sat 22 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1805
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