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London Undergound action escalates

Issue No. 1987

Action over unfair disciplinary procedures on London Undergound is escalating as 5,000 RMT union members join drivers in balloting for strike action.

Drivers in the RMT and Aslef unions were set to return yes votes for strike action this week over health and safety, bargaining arrangements, harassment, discipline, denial of representation rights and imposition of excessive punishments.

The day before this result the RMT announced a ballot of its members in other grades on the same issues.

“After months of trying to stop these attacks it has become clear that the only path left open to us is to ballot our entire tube membership for industrial action, and we have given London Underground notice to that effect,” said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

Unjum Mirza, a senior RMT health and safety rep, says, “It’s a real step forward that we are balloting all grades over this issue. Our strength lies in united action.

“We face a series of other attacks that will affect every passenger and tube worker. We need to take action together to halt them.”

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Sat 11 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1987
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