Drivers in RMT at Queen's Park depot have commenced their ballot for industrial action to stop job cuts. LU wants to slash the workforce at the depot by more than 10%.
LU claims the cuts are necessary due to a service reduction. But local union reps have continually pressed the company to "open the books" and share their financial reasoning, so the workers who'll be affected by the decision can scrutinise their claims and propose alternatives. They've consistently refused to do so.
As well as deleting positions that should be job opportunities for future workers, the cuts would disadvantage existing drivers by reducing the potential pool of workmates with whom they can swap leave, facilitate flexible working arrangements, and so on.
RMT's ballot closes on 8 April. A strong yes vote will show the bosses workers are serious about the fight. If LU doesn't back down, that will need to be followed up with action.