Union ballots Tube staff over PPP safety concerns

Around
9,000 London Underground staff are to decide whether to strike over safety
concerns related to the upgrading of the Tube system.

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Ananova reports the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has ordered a strike
ballot in a row over safety which could see signalling workers, station staff
and drivers stage a series of one-day strikes from early July.

The
union says its safety concerns are being ignored as LU looks at upgrading the
system under a public private partnership (PPP).

The
RMT says ballot papers will go out on Friday, with voting to end on June 24.

The
PPP plans will see more than 2,000 workers transfer to private firms.

By Quentin Reade

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