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London Underground

Issue No. 1804

NINE THOUSAND London Underground workers are to vote on industrial action. The RMT union ordered a strike ballot over safety and privatisation as the Labour government's moves to sell off London Underground suddenly moved forward last week. Despite earlier talk of the process being tangled up in legal manoeuvres till next year, maintenance workers now face privatisation at the end of this month. RMT members are to be balloted from 14 June. Voting will end on 24 June.

Signalling workers, station staff and drivers could stage strikes from early July if there is a yes vote. In February and March of last year, first members of the RMT then the Aslef union rank and file struck with each other.

All tube workers reject totally the plan to hand our industry over to the criminals and financial hooligans who have wreaked so much havoc on the national railways.

A massive campaign to build strike action needs to be built right now, and with real urgency. A meeting for all members is being held on Wednesday to build the largest possible turnout in the ballot and to deliver a yes vote.

Those union officers who want to fight have to address themselves to the rank and file, who have shown time and again that they're prepared to fight.

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Sat 15 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1804
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