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More Tube workers vote on strike

Tube train
A 48-hour strike in June severely affected the Underground

A second union on London Underground (LU) is to ballot workers for industrial action over pay.

Unite said workers would vote on strike action after rejecting a two-year rise of 1.5% now and a retail price index plus 0.5% rise in year two.

The union said it would co-ordinate any action with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, whose members are being balloted in a similar row.

LU urged Unite to accept the above inflation pay offer.

A third union, the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, decided against action and accepted a pay deal.

Unite said engineering and electrical workers were being balloted.

Regional officer John Morgan-Evans said: "Unite and the other unions have been in talks with LU since July and we have seen no significant movement on their part on this offer.

'No other option'

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

"In these circumstances, we have no other option than to ballot our members on industrial action."

Earlier this month, the RMT union rejected an LU offer of a 1.5% pay increase this year followed by an inflation plus 0.5% rise in April 2010.

The union held a 48-hour strike in June which severely affected services.

Stability and security

Richard Parry, managing director of London Underground, said: "Londoners will find this threat of industrial action hard to take, especially when we are offering a two-year above inflation pay offer.

"Many Londoners have seen their pay frozen or have lost their jobs this year. In contrast, we are offering stability and security in one of the toughest economic climates in decades.

"Industrial action will achieve nothing, but could lose staff pay and would cause unnecessary frustration and disruption to Londoners."

The results of the ballots are not expected for several weeks.

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