RMT threatens tube strike over pay

The
RMT union is threatening London Underground (LUL) with strike action if they
don’t stop ‘playing cat and mouse’ over pay negotiations.

The
union’s pay claim for London Underground includes a substantial pay rise, a
32-hour, four-day week, restoration of paid meal breaks, (which were stopped in
1996), and a minimum starting salary of £22,000 (from the current level of
£19,000 for station assistants).

RMT
regional organiser Bobby Law said employers had refused to negotiate with them
after initial meetings to discuss pay, but meetings have now been scheduled
today and tomorrow.

"We
have written to LUL to tell them that unless they negotiate seriously the
matter will be put before our executive next week and they can expect RMT to be
in dispute with the company," he said.

By
Michael Millar

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