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Strike negotiations may aid rail dispute

Transport staff in London are set to strike over proposals to cut jobs.

12 January 2011

Rail workers in London may be the subject of strike negotiations after opting to down tools over disagreements with bosses over the future of jobs.

Southeastern employees at Victoria and Charing Cross stations voted to take industrial action after the question was put to them by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

The company wants to slash the number of platform and gate staff – and has already implemented the changes at two transport hubs.

It says they are working well, but RMT members and chiefs disagree, with general secretary Bob Crow adamant the new system is irresponsible.

"Only days after both Victoria and Charing Cross saw their security status elevated from substantial to severe we now have the clearest evidence that Southeastern's cuts to station staff are compromising emergency procedures," he notes.

Len McCluskey, the general secretary elect of Unite, recently told BBC Radio 4 that workers in the UK they have the right to take industrial action if they see fit.

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