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London Underground locked in strike battle with RMT

London Underground (LU) was yesterday locked in a battle with the RMT over its threat of industrial action because of planned job cuts.

The RMT has called the action an “attack on jobs and safety”. However, LU said it should abandon strike action because less than a third of its membership had voted for it.

“The RMT leadership is once again scaremongering,” said LU director of strategy Richard Parry. “Given the economic climate and the huge fall in the number of people using ticket offices we need to change and make sure we have the most efficient organisation possible to deliver value for our customers.”

Just after the statement by LU, the RMT said its members had yesterday voted by 76% for strike action and by 88% for action short of a strike.

It is now conducting a consultation with members along with sister tube union TSSA, who will announce its ballot result next week, over the use of industrial action.

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