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Issue No. 1950

Initial City Link strike

RMT union members working at Initial City Link were to strike over low pay on Wednesday of this week.

“Our members voted by a huge margin to strike against low pay, and more have been joining the union by the day since we balloted,” says RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

Initial’s bosses have effectively imposed a pay cut at the same time as the company’s profits are soaring.

The dispute involves around 240 RMT members employed directly by Initial City Link.

The sites are at Ashford, Cardiff, Carlisle, Exeter, London Central, London North, London South, Heston, Norwich, Park Royal, Plymouth, Rochester, Swansea, Tonbridge and Sunbury.

Current basic pay rates for drivers can be as low as £4.97 an hour — which will be below the new national minimum wage of £5.05 an hour due in October.

Transport for London

RMT members at Transport for London were set to strike on election day over the breakdown in industrial relations with the company.

About 230 workers at the company’s call and information centres, the London Transport Museum, offices, revenue control, and bus controllers voted by six to one for action after failing to resolve a series of disputes.

Management has introduced a new attendance and disciplinary code without consultation. That could be a prelude to doing the same across the tube network.

Staff also fear that moving the call centre from the Broadway headquarters to a temporary site could be the first step to exporting the work overseas.

Glasgow subway

Workers on the Glasgow subway were holding a mass meeting to discuss a new pay offer from management as Socialist Worker went to press.

T&G union officials were to recommend acceptance of the deal, which has come after several well supported strikes.

Midland Mainline train drivers called off a strike planned for last week after receiving an improved pay offer.

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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