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Keep the privateers off the tube

Issue No. 2000

It was revealed last week that the London Underground’s East London line is to become the first tube line to be run by the private sector.

The line is set to shut in December 2007 for work to be carried out. Mayor Ken Livingstone’s office have decided to hand it over to a private company when it is reopened in 2009.

The RMT union has pledged to fight privatisation.

Unjum Mirza, the RMT London region political officer, told Socialist Worker, “This announcement has been met with shock and disbelief. It is totally unacceptable to privatise the East London line.

“This is the first attempt to privatise an entire London Underground line. It is about getting the foot in the door, in the first stage of what we believe will be the privatisation of the whole underground.

“This is the fight for the whole London Underground. The RMT regional council has said that this will be dealt with on a London-wide basis, organising with community groups. If necessary we will use industrial action to stop this.”

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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