New Year's Eve strike threat for London subway


New Year's Eve, threatening transport chaos on one of the busiest nights of the year.

The RMT union said a ballot of over 4,000 underground staff had voted to strike on December 31 and January 8 following a dispute concerning staff cuts and working hours,

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said frontline station staff, who were praised for their work on July 7 when three bombs were detonated on the Underground, were facing the sack.

The RMT has also complained about a change in working hours and job roles.

A London Underground spokesman said there would be no overall cuts in staff numbers and pointed out that the RMT had originally backed the change to a shorter, 35-hour working week.

The spokesman said the two groups were still in negotiations however and that London Underground hoped to avert the strike.

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