London could face summer of strikes as Mick Lynch’s RMT re-ballots 10,000 underground staff

10,000 RMT members are set to be re-balloted for strike motion immediately, in a seamless row over jobs and pensions which appears set to pile extra distress on London commuters.

The RMT, Transport for London and Sadiq Khan have been in a fierce dispute over the previous yr, after plans had been introduced to chop 600 stations jobs.

Additional job cuts throughout practice operations and upkeep are additionally anticipated.

The poll will run from 25 April to 23 Could, with the present mandate ending in June.

The RMT are arguing that the plans may end in tube staff shedding a portion of their pension. The are requesting £1 billion be lower from TfL working price range.

RMT common secretary Mick Lynch mentioned: “Our members have taken a number of days of strike motion over this final yr and stay as decided as ever to get a simply settlement on jobs, pensions and their working circumstances.

“The Mayor is beneath strain from central authorities, however he should be part of us in resisting them and refuse to permit ideologically motivated monetary constraints for use as an excuse to assault tube staff.”

“TfL has wholesome income streams and our members are among the many hundreds of tube employees that make it a profitable transport supplier.

“This re-ballot is important to take care of the strain on TfL and I urge all our members to vote sure within the postal poll.”

London’s hospitality sector beforehand welcomed RMT commerce union members’ vote to just accept a pay provide from Community Rail.

The physique has beforehand mentioned the strikes and disruptions within the final yr has price restaurant and pub enterprise as much as £3bn.

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