Tube strikes likely as talks break down

Further
tube disruption is likely after talks between the RMT and London Underground
break down.

The
RMT has rejected the offer of a 3.7 per cent increase in salaries.

“It
is a good offer. This is a real increase above the rate of inflation because it
is 2 per cent above the Consumer Price Index and compares favourably with other
pay settlements in the public sector,” said Mike Brown, London Underground’s
customer services director.

The
RMT claims that independent mediator Professor Burchell has recommended that
staff get a 4 per cent increase, on the basis of increased productivity and
revenue from fares.

“We’ve
done our utmost to resolve these issues – but LU is continuing to maintain its
arrogant disregard for the views of an independent arbiter. This leaves us with
no option but to press ahead with our ballot for industrial action,” says Bob
Crow, RMT assistant general secretary.

RMT’s
ballot of Underground members will start on 17 September and close 27
September.

By
Katie Hawkins

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