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RMT ballots for industrial action against TfL

RMT is to ballot its members regarding industrial action against TfL.

28 February 2012

Transport for London (TfL) may have to use union bargaining techniques in its business negotiations, following a threat of strike action from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

The union is disputing a ban on staff absence during the Olympic Games, which run from July 27th to August 12th.

Annual leave will be severely restricted during this period, with at least one department in TfL prohibiting it altogether.

If a shift is changed, TfL will offer workers £15, a figure the union claims to be "appalled" by.

RMT has also entered into a formal dispute with London Underground due to a lack of progress reaching an agreement for Olympic rewards and recognition.

"Working conditions and important agreements should not and need not be attacked in order to facilitate Olympic running," general secretary of the union Bob Crow said.

A ballot relating to industrial action has therefore been issued and will be sent to all RMT members in TfL departments.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: RMT press release, February 28th

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