In debates within the union about whether RMT should ballot over LU pay/conditions, some have cited the alleged unwillingness of members in non-operational grades to do so as an impediment.
But that’s certainly not the case at Lillie Bridge egineering depot in west London. A recent workplace meeting to discuss LU pay resulted in a strong consensus for a ballot. A report from the meeting said: "After the situation was laid out by the reps [...] spontaneous shouts of 'ballot, ballot, ballot!' broke free from the workforce." The meeting was attended by P-Way workers, track welders, and workers from ultrasonics, lubrication, and track workshops.
So, rather than looking for reasons not to fight, let’s try to generalise the spirit of the Lillie Bridge engineers!