Tube drivers at Queen’s Park depot who are members of the RMT union have voted by a 99% majority for strikes to stop job cuts, after an active campaign to get the vote out. London Underground bosses want to cut the workforce by around 10%.
Although RMT reps have already won a guarantee that no driver will be displaced, the union is rightly fighting over the principle of the cuts themselves. A reduction in the staffing level will make things harder for the remaining staff, and delete positions that could be taken up by other drivers wanting to move to Queen’s Park. It also means there’ll be fewer driver positions overall, making promotion from other functions harder.
London Underground has been stonewalling RMT’s demand for further negotiations. If they continue to do so, RMT must use its ballot mandate and call action.