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Tube staff to stage overtime ban

Workers demonstrate over pay
Industrial action will take place before Christmas

Electrical and engineering workers on the Tube are to stage an overtime ban over a pay dispute.

About 500 workers represented by Unite voted to take industrial action, but not strike, over a pay dispute.

London Underground has offered a 1.5% increase for 2009-10 and a 0.5% above inflation rise for 2010-11.

The ban, and a work to rule policy, will begin from 7 December. London Underground said the move would have little or no impact.

John Morgan-Evans, regional officer of Unite, said: "The action will have an effect on services because our members are responsible for getting Tube trains ready for service as well as maintenance and safety. It will have a particular effect at weekends."

On Monday, Richard Parry, managing director of London Underground, described turnout for the ballot as low.

He said: "The Unite leadership has failed in its bid to get a mandate for strike action and I urge them to return to meaningful discussion now.

"There is absolutely nothing to be gained from taking more strike action in the current tough economic climate at a time when many Londoners have seen their pay frozen or have lost their jobs this year."

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