London Tube threatens fresh strike
Tue, 03 May 2011 11:50:57 GMT
Members of Britain's National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) have supported a fresh call for a walk out that spell into another tube strike.
RMT executive will on next week set a date for Tube drivers to launch another industrial action in a dispute over sacking of two union activists, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The stoppage will be the latest in a series to hit the tube network in recent months. RMT last walked out in late November in a dispute over staffing levels at ticket offices. On Boxing Day, the other trains drivers' union, ASLEF, went on strike over bank holiday pay.
Now, the latest call for strike comes at a time when at least one Conservative MP has demanded that the government apply tougher anti-strike laws.
According to RMT, the two activists' sacking was because of their trade union activities, although this was denied by Transport for London.
“This massive vote for action by tube drivers shows that they are well aware of the consequences of allowing our activists and safety reps to be picked off while we hear daily reports of breakdowns and failures on the network as a direct result of the very cuts that our members have been fighting," said Bob Crow, the RMT General Secretary.
Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton, condemned the move.
He had, earlier this week, introduced a 10-minute rule Bill, which would require a strike to be backed by a majority of trade union members.
“It beggars belief that Bob Crow has a license to inflict chaos, with the votes of less than 400 people - a mere 29 percent of RMT members," he said.
"The last tube strike cost the capital around £50 million each day, disrupting more than a million commuters. We need reform to prevent militant union bosses holding the hard-working majority to ransom.”