Tube staff to strike over pay

Tube
staff are to hold two 24-hour strikes over pay.

This
morning, the train drivers union Aslef voted to join the RMT staff on the London
Underground on two 24-hour strikes, one starting next Tuesday evening and another
a week later.

Thousands
of workers will protest at an imposed 3 per cent pay rise by the Employer
London Underground.

The
union’s general secretary Mick Rix said: "London Underground managers have
attempted to impose an unacceptable pay offer on our members without regard to
the proper conduct of industrial relations."

Rix
accused the company of refusing to take the dispute to arbitration and said
managers were harassing local union officials. A number of other disputes have
flared in recent weeks covering issues ranging from pensions to discipline.

Aslef
members approved industrial action by more than 60 per cent in a secret ballot.

The
October walkout will coincide with the Labour Party’s annual conference in
Blackpool and will heap more problems on the Government’s relations with the
unions.

LU
expressed dismay at the prospect of more strikes and says it has made a good
pay offer.

By Paul Nelson

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