Tube workers to be balloted on strike action

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

Unite, which has 600 Tube members, said the two-year offer of 1.5 per cent in
the first year and RPI inflation plus 0.5 per cent in the second year did
nothing to help workers meet the “real rises” in the cost of
living, which it maintained were not reflected by current inflation figures.

Regional officer John Morgan-Evans said: “London Underground presented
this as a final offer, indicating to us that they are no longer interested
in negotiating.

“In these circumstances we have no other option than to ballot our
members on industrial action with a recommendation that they vote in favour.

“Unite would welcome further discussions should London Underground wish
to return to the negotiating table.”

Unite members are responsible for maintenance, safety, management and power
control and the union said any industrial action could stop the Tubes
running.

Other Tube unions are still consulting on the offer, while talks continue
between management and the Rail Maritime and Transport union over job
losses.

A Transport for London spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the Unite
leadership has chosen to ballot its 600 members at London Underground when
progress is clearly being made with all other unions towards a new agreement
on pay and conditions. We urge them to call off this ballot, which will
achieve nothing.

“Our staff have very fair pay and conditions. We have made an above-inflation
offer which provides stability during tough economic times, and we would now
expect all unions to accept this final offer and recommend it to their
memberships.”

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