RMT ballots for strike action on two separate disputes over pay, jobs and working conditions


RMT members working on London Underground are today balloting for strike action over Olympic bonuses and job losses.

Ticketing and barrier engineering company Cubic Transportation Services has refused to discuss the union’s pay claim and has dismissed the idea of an Olympic bonus, saying it is only prepared to offer a 2.5% pay rise. The company has also rejected  RMT claims for a shorter working week and has applied varied rates of pay so many people on individual contracts will not receive the pay rise, with many more receiving no free travel and no travel allowance.

And in a separate dispute, proposals by London Underground regarding the move of Piccadilly Line service control workers to Hammersmith have raised a range of union concerns that the management refuse to address, including potential job losses.

As a result papers have been sent to members with a recommendation to vote ‘Yes’ for strike action and ‘Yes’ for industrial action short of a strike.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Both of these disputes are about protecting our member’s jobs, working conditions and standards of living in the face of aggressive and bullying management tactics that leave us no choice but to ballot for action.

“RMT remains available for talks but no-one should underestimate the level of anger amongst both of these groups of workers.”

* Earlier today the RMT secured an Olympic deal for all their members working for London Underground. You can read that story here.

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