braced for fresh disruption on London’s underground system following today’s
announcement of a ballot result on industrial action.
Reports say the
Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is set to reveal that its members have
backed strikes in the dispute over wages and working conditions.
The union has
to give seven days’ notice of any walkouts, but the first stoppage could be
held to coincide with the local council and London mayoral elections on June 10.
A strike by
several thousand signallers, maintenance and station staff and some drivers
belonging to the RMT would cripple the tube, which is used by around three
million commuters, tourists and other travellers each day.
The RMT is
seeking a "substantial" rise in pay as well as a reduction in the
further talks will be held later this week between the RMT and Network Rail in
a bid to avert strikes on mainline railways.