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More strike negotiations for Tube maintenance workers

More strike negotiations will be required, with 200 maintenance workers set to walk out following the London Underground strike next week.

28 September 2010

Further strike negotiations look likely for London Underground following confirmation that 200 maintenance workers are to walk out for 24 hours on October 4th.

The planned strike marks the latest industrial action as a result of pay disputes between the members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) and rail transportation firm Alstom.

Alstom-Metro staff on the Jubilee and Northern lines will walk out as part of a larger dispute over job cuts including 10,000 London Underground staff.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, suggested strike negotiations will be required to avert the walkout, as pay increases in the current deal on the table are less than half of those offered to other staff this year.

"The massive vote for action, and the solid support for the first strike and the overtime ban, should tell Alstom all they need to know about our members' determination to win a fair pay deal," he added.

Maintenance workers will begin striking at 7pm on October 4th, immediately following the end of the strike by London Underground staff, which is due to begin at 7pm on October 3rd.

A spokesperson for Alstom has said that the two per cent pay rise on offer to maintenance staff is reasonable, adding that the plans are in place to minimise the effect of the second strike on passengers.

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