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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Tube Strike Latest - Walkouts announced for February and March

Two London Underground Tube Strikes on the Way

At 2.30pm today RMT leader Bob Crow
announced the ballot results of a vote amongst 1,500 Tube drivers in the ongoing London Underground Strike saga.

So I'm sorry to report that there was a six to one majority vote in favour of the strikes. In a separate vote Aslef drivers also voted in favour of the strike, so we are set for two 24-hour walkouts on 21st February and 2nd March.

Both unions accuse London Underground of a "breakdown in industrial relations".

London Underground say they are "not imposing anything on Tube staff. The fact is that we launched a consultation with all our trade unions on new harassment, discipline and attendance procedures before Christmas. That consultation continues".

Unlike the strikes earlier this year and on New Year's Eve, these ones are likely to have an effect on commuters' travel as we're actually now talking about the people who operate the trains walking out. Check out the BBC for more on this.

So looks like I'll be walking from Waterloo again. Just hope it doesn't rain!

Surprisingly there is no triumphant trumpeting on the RMT's website about this yet! Perhaps Bob and his RMT union official mates are looking for a pub that they're still allowed to drink in to celebrate (Bob and his mates have been banned from their local)!


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