London Underground workers’ ballot for strikes to stop job losses, ticket office closures, and attacks on terms and conditions will be returned on Friday 10 January.
The Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) is holding a mass members’ meeting at 4pm on Friday to announce the ballot result and discuss the campaign, with a public rally planned for Thursday 16 January, 6.30pm at Conway Hall.
Tube bosses want to close every ticket office on the entire network, as well as reducing station staffing levels by nearly 1,000 posts. Their plan also involves significant attacks on workers’ terms and conditions.
The union’s “Every Job Matters” campaign has held demonstrations outside stations, leafleting the public to raise awareness of the attacks and inform passengers of the detrimental effect they will have on safety and quality of service. Disability rights organisations have also taken direct action against the cuts, protesting outside City Hall.
The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), which also has members on London Underground, may also move a strike ballot. Drivers’ union ASLEF has yet to give any clear indication as to whether it might join the dispute.