London Underground workers will be balloted for strikes over 750 job cuts and ticket office closures. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it would "fight" against the plans for all ticket offices to close.
ALL ticket offices could close by as early as 2015. LU’s budget is being cut by £33m for 2013-14, and £45m for 2014-15 This despite January’s 4.2% increase in fares across the tube, buses and trams.
The RMT stated:
"We believe that London needs an Underground that is adequately staffed to ensure an accessible, safe, reliable service, and that Londoners need more jobs not fewer. Today’s announcement takes London in the opposite direction."
"RMT calls on London Underground Ltd and the Mayor to abandon these reckless plans. We remind Boris Johnson that he claimed to oppose ticket office closures when he was seeking Londoners’ votes. We will be working with other trade unions and the wider community to oppose these cuts."
Solidarity General Secretary, Pat Harrington, commented: "It is clear that these cuts are about saving money rather than modernising services for customers. They will have serious security and safety consequences. The establishment politicians talk about the need to get people using public transport and yet in our capital they are cutting the budget for London Underground. The RMT is 100 per cent right to oppose these cuts."
The RMT has to hold a two-week ballot and give Transport for London seven days' notice before any strike action takes place.