RMT members to vote on Tube strike in row over pay and staffing levels

Union leaders have laid tracks for more industrial action on the Tube after the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) called a strike ballot among its 2,500 members.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said its members will vote on whether to strike in a row over safety and staffing levels with London Underground.

Its workers will vote between 15 February to 11 March, but the RMT has not yet set a date for the strike.

Gerry Doherty, RMT general secretary, said: “Despite the sound of certain people jumping on political bandwagons, this is a straight forward industrial dispute which we hope to resolve with London Underground through normal negotiations.

“We now have a window of opportunity to do just that. Industrial action is always the last resort. I am confident that our members will support us if that is what is needed to resolve the dispute, but the ball is now firmly with London Underground, ” he said.

Transport for London (TfL) said threats of strike action were “completely unreasonable”.

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