At the end of January, RMT’s ultimatum to LUL management expires: withdraw your attacks, or we are in dispute.
That must not mean the union saying it is in dispute, but dragging its heels before balloting and/or balloting only one group of grades. There should be an all-grades ballot, and the union should get on with it.
It would be nonsense to pretend that every worker in every grade is straining at the leash to strike. But if there is work to be done to win people over, let’s get on with the work, not use it as an excuse not to act or to fight with one hand tied behind out backs.
The issues - casualisation and de-staffing in various guises - affect every grade, so all grades should take up the battle. If we lose, then management’s attacks will become even more rampant. If we lose because we refused to fight at full strength, we’ll be gutted.