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RMT announces dates for strike action

Dates for strike action have been announced by RMT.

04 May 2011

The Rail Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) has announced the dates for forthcoming strikes following a vote by its members.

Voters were in favour of taking industrial action by nearly two-to-one as part of the ongoing disputes with drivers Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas, who have allegedly been victimised due to their union activities.

In a move that could prompt union bargaining, strikes are set to kick off on May 17th and run until May 20th, with further action planned in June.

Commenting on the decision, RMT general secretary Bob Crow claimed the "massive" vote in favour of these measures demonstrates the awareness of members over London Underground's (LU's) underhand tactics.

"It is the abject failure of LU to recognise that their policy of victimisation of union activists has been well and truly rumbled both in the Employment Tribunal and in their own depots that has left us with no choice but to name these dates for strike action," he said.

Last month, RMT called on Heathrow Express to attend strike negotiations after it rejected an "unsatisfactory" pay offer from the company.

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