United Kingdom - Renewed action at London Underground - November 29, 2010

On Sunday 28 and Monday 29 November, London Underground services were subject to industrial action over servicing and safety issues as part of a long-running dispute over 800 ticket office job cuts, when the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) organised a 24-hour walkout. Union leaders said they would not be recommending any walkouts over the festive season, virtually ruling out any more strikes before 10 January, but they raised the threat of longer stoppages after that. The TUC confederation supported the action. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber commented: “It should be remembered that tube staff are not striking over pay and conditions but over ticket office closures and the impact of cuts on passengers. They are sacrificing another day's pay in the interests of passenger safety.”

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2010.

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