Tube staff vote to strike, just in time for Summer? Hooray!
Because scuttling through the filthy underworld of London in the unconditioned hell of summer isn't enjoyable enough, London Underground workers have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over jobs, pay and conditions, etc etc and so on.
The dispute revolves around a partnership between Transport for London and private company Tube Lines to upgrade several lines of the Underground system. TfL recently stumped up over £300 million to operate Tube Lines after the project fell behind and was roundly savaged by critics.
Broadcasting from deep within the recesses of the 1970s, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Once again RMT members have shown their determination to stand up and be counted when it comes to defending jobs, pay and working conditions. We have sought concrete assurances that staff will not be expected to pay off the Tube Line's exit costs in job losses, attacks on safe working conditions and an undermining of pay rates."
No need to worry about the jobs, pay and working conditions of the million workers who commute into London every day on the underground, then. That said, the only lines that would be affected by this vote would be the Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines - those lines that Tube Line were responsible for upgrading, which employs the staff who voted. Nobody, however, would be overwhelemed with surprise if the RMT called for a full strike of all London Underground workers in support.