RMT is preparing to ballot its members in the Lillie Bridge engineering depot for strikes, as Boris Johnson and TfL/LU attempt to accelerate the process of moving work out of the depot so it can be demolished to make way for luxury flats.
The proposed demolition is part of a wider plan to "redevelop" large swathes of the Earls Court area, so BoJo's super-rich mates can speculate on the luxury accommodation that will be built there. Consultations and "feasibility studies" have been rushed through, or side-stepped altogether, meaning Lillie Bridge workers are in the dark about what will happen to them if and when the redevelopment takes place. The union is demanding a binding, top-level agreement to guarantee that workers' rights don't become collateral damage for property developers' greed.
RMT has supported the wider Save Earls Court campaign, which has sought to block the redevelopment, which is in no-one's interests but the rich. There is no timetable for the ballot as yet, but when it is announced, and when a yes vote is returned (as we confidently expect it will be), we hope housing campaigners and local community activists will be joining RMT engineers on the picket lines. A solid strike could seriously disrupt the developers' plans.