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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tube Strike planned for 9th June

Remember the
re-ballot for the strike by RMT members over pay, job cuts & working conditions? Unfortunately for us commuters, the union voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action & will be going on strike from 7pm on Tuesday 9th June for 48 hours.

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Transport for London (TfL) said that instead of engaging in "meaningful talks" about pay the union had submitted "a wildly unrealistic claim".

However Bob Crow who also accused the London Underground of failing to stand by an agreement over job security & redundancies, is pleased by the outcome "This is a magnificent result which underlines the anger that has been provoked by management in their confrontational approach on pay and job security. London Underground seems to think that observing agreements is optional, and its plan to cut jobs is simply unacceptable".

TfL said in a statement:

"The RMT leadership has failed to engage in any meaningful talks on pay, instead submitting a wildly unrealistic claim - demanding a five per cent pay rise for fewer hours in the middle of a recession.

"On jobs, the RMT leadership knows full well we are seeking to end the duplication of back office jobs and that no front line staff will be affected.

"No responsible union should be asking hard-pressed farepayers and taxpayers to fund jobs that are no longer needed and vastly inflated pay demands."

The strike's likely to bring most of the network to a standstill, so unless it's resolved in the meantime, you'll need to come up with alternative travel arrangements on the 9th, 10th & 11th of June.

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