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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tube Strikes planned for November 16th

Just when you thought we hadn't had any threats of industrial action on the London Underground for a while, RMT have announced two 36 hour strikes.

After a 21 to two majority, 25 RMT "shift testers" responsible for fault-finding and maintaining the electrical supply to the Tube will not book for turns. That's "unless there is a direct and imminent danger to human life." If it's danger to pigeon or rat life, I guess they'll stay on strike.

Tube Strike

On the RMT site union leader Bob Crow said "Shift testers at EDF Energy Powerlink are seeking nothing more than parity with their day-work colleagues, who some time ago received a £3,000 rise in exchange for flexibility in signing on and off. Shift testers have also displayed flexibility and have seen their work-life balance turned upside down by the change from 10-hour days and 14-hour nights to a 12-hour shift system."

If the pay agreement is not reached, this strike by 25 staff, has the potential to shut down large sections of the London Underground. The workers are planning to stop working from midnight on Sunday November 16th 2008 for 36 hours and again from Sunday December 7th.

Watch this space and the news for further updates.


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