Unite to Ballot with RMT over LU Pay Offer

Unite are to ballot their members at LU over the current pay offer. Unite have 600 members in LU, working in areas such as maintenance and safety. Unite members recently decided two to one that a ballot for industrial action was the way forward.

Unite say their ballot will coincide with the RMT’s ballot of its members on the pay issue. Unite anticipate that any resulting industrial action would be co-ordinated with the RMT.

They have a press release on their site, detailing the reason for their decision.

"London Underground's ‘final’ two year offer of 1.5 per cent in the first year and RPI plus 0.5 per cent in the second year does nothing to help Unite members to meet the real rises in the cost of living, which are not reflected by current distorted inflation figures.

John Morgan-Evans, Unite regional officer, said: 'Unite and the other unions have been in talks with LUL since July and we have seen no significant movement on their part on this offer. We have offered solutions on revised terms and conditions which may have provided an agreement but they have been rebuffed by London Underground Limited.'

'Our members have been very patient but it is unfortunate that London Underground seems to be no longer interested in negotiating a solution.'"

There is also an article on the BBC website regarding this.