Tube unions threaten industrial action over pay and conditions

Unions
are threatening to ballot for industrial action in a row over pay and
conditions with London Underground, website Ananova reports.

The
website said the Rail Maritime and Transport union claims that London
Underground has effectively called off annual negotiations until parts of the
network are sold off under the Public Private Partnership plans.

It
quoted General Secretary Bob Crow saying that if London Underground didn’t give
an assurance that annual pay and conditions negotiations would go ahead as
normal, the union would have no option but to hold a strike ballot.

He
said: "It is unacceptable that our members, already under massive strain
and uncertainty in preparation for the PPP, are being told that the process
will constrain our right to negotiate improvements to pay and conditions this
year."

London
Underground says negotiations will go ahead as planned.

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