Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Unite the Union to call for Tube strike ballot

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Well we've had the RMT out on strike recently and now Unite which represents 600 engineering, electrical, and management workers employed by London Underground has today (Tuesday) decided to reject the employer’s ‘final’ pay offer.

The union will now be balloting it's members with regards to what action to take next.

It will be interesting to see the response of the RMT with crossing picket lines. Can't remember if Unite members respected the picket during the recent RMT action. Anyone know?

In 2008, job descriptions and salaries reveal that the average pay, benefits and bonuses of Transport for London (TfL) top management was £140,000. One hundred and twenty-three TfL managers earned more than £100,000 in 2007-08.

I hope that the wider union movement can counter the expected foaming at the mouth of the press and media. We need to make people understand that actions such as this are always in response to actions by the management and to put the focus where it belongs - with management and their constant moving of the goalposts and the race to the bottom whilst retaining and increasing their generous salaries and plush pension funds.

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