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Union re-ballots 10,000 Tube staff over strike after legal challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:32 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:20 05 October 2010

COMMUTERS could be faced with a crippling strike on the London Underground by 10,000 workers, Britain’s biggest rail union warned today. RMT is to re-ballot its members on the Underground and at Transport for London itself in disputes over jobs and pay

By Mike Brooke

COMMUTERS could be faced with a crippling strike on the London Underground by 10,000 workers, Britain’s biggest rail union warned today.

The RMT union is to re-ballot its members on the Underground and at Transport for London itself in separate disputes over jobs, pay and alleged breaches of agreements.

The rerun follows ballots last month which returned a rock-solid five-to-one majority for industrial action—which were then challenged in the courts by transport bosses.

The two-week rerun starting next Thursday, May 14, closes on May 28, as part of the union’s campaign to save 3,000 jobs.

SABOTAGE’

“Rail workers are furious that a democratic vote for action was sabotaged by a shameful legal challenge,” RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.

“Tube bosses have wasted time and money on lawyers when they knew we would never tolerate this attack on our members.”

The union accuses London Underground of “diversionary tactics after months of stonewalling” and offering at best a five-year pay freeze it says is unacceptable.


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