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England – Underground workers balloted to strike over job ‘casualisation’

21 November 2013

London Underground staff could walk out after the RMT union is balloting members on strike action over the ‘casualisation and threat to jobs and conditions’, reports london24. Ballot papers have been despatched with a closing date of Monday 2 December 2013.

General Secretary of the RMT, Bob Crow, said he was appalled that Tube bosses were giving no guarantees they will pull back from this policy, which he said: “Threatens all grades [of pay].”

“Casualisation undermines jobs, working conditions and safety, and creates disruption in the workplace purely in the name of private profit. We have demanded that London Underground urgently stops the use of agency staff and offers permanent, direct employment to agency workers but as a result of the company’s failure to address our concerns and meet our demands, we have had no option but to declare a dispute and a ballot for strike action is now underway involving all London Underground members,” Mr Crow explained.

The RMT said it is certain expanding the use of agency staff is part of a ‘hidden cuts package being drawn up in secret by London Underground chiefs’.

This is the second time in recent months that employees have balloted regarding their company’s use of non-permanent workers. In August and September, the Hovis bread factory in Wigan engaged in two rounds of strikes over the use of zero-hours contracts.   


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