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Calls for tube strike ban

Union bosses have announced a ballot over industrial action on the Underground, as Conservative politicians call for curbs on Tube strikes.

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Nearly half of Londoners support tube strike ban

The Conservative report included an opinion poll, which found that 48% of Londoners support some kind of ban on strike action.

A complete ban - which would see workers sacked for withdrawing their labour - was backed by 16%.

Another 15% supported the introduction of rules used on the New York subway, which bansstrike action but give unions a right to binding arbitration. And a further 16% favoured pendulum arbitration in which a judge cannot compromise but has to choose between either the employers or unions position.

The survey also found that:

  • 59% think it is too easy for Tube workers to go on strike.
  • Only 14% of Londoners back the status quo on strike law and 6% want to make it easier to strike.

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