LU responds to RMT strike threat

LU responds to RMT strike threat

London Underground (LU) has responded to the rail union’s latest strike ballot. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union announced it will ballot 10,000 members to take action against job cuts. “This is a dispute about jobs and safety and that’s why it involves all of our members on LU,” said RMT General Secretary Bob Crow. “We remain available for further talks but nobody should underestimate our determination to push back the tide of job and safety cuts.” Meanwhile, LU said it had ‘made it clear’ that under new staffing proposals set out earlier this year: service and customer service remained top priorities; a member of staff would be present at every station; ticket offices would be manned during relevant opening hours and that there would be no more redundancies. “Consultation continues with the Unions on proposed changes to how and where staff work on stations,” said LU Chief Operating Officer Howard Collins. He compared the use of Oyster cards to the electronic means of banking which means that less staff is needed at ticket windows. “The Oyster technology rolled out across TfL means that only one in 20 journeys involve any interaction at a ticket office window,” explained Collins. “What we are seeking to do is deploy staff more visibly in stations where they can more easily assist passengers.” Despite denying cuts would be made, LU’s plans revealed that 700-800 posts needed to be ‘reduced’ from ticket office staff, management and administrative staff. Drivers would not be affected. LU said staff would be reassigned to customer service or policing roles on the platforms and around stations. LU has faced other spending cuts as its air-conditioning budget was slashed by

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