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RMT Union to vote for new leader

Members of the RMT Union will begin voting for a new General Secretary today. The new boss of the National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers will replace Bob Crow who died of a heart attack in March after 12 years in the job.

The ballot will remain open for the next two months.

RMT hope for huge May Day turnout for Crow

The RMT hope for a huge May Day turnout for the trade union leader who died earlier this month Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said Mr Crow's family have asked for the funeral service at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium to be private but have invited trade unionists, friends and colleagues of Mr Crow to line the route of the funeral procession.

The procession will include trade union banners and flags and will end at the cemetery gates.

But the RMT executive said it hoped for a huge turnout at the annual May Day march in London to honour Mr Crow, who died earlier this month at the age of 52.

Mick Cash, the RMT's senior assistant general secretary, said Mr Crow's death had rocked the trade union movement, both in this country and around the world.

Union warns of further strike action

As members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union voted to strike, the union warned further action would be taken if the row is now resolved. Workers on the Piccadilly Line will walk out for 24 hours on 4 December, but didn't rule out a 48 hour strike at a later date.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:

"The overwhelming 88% vote in favour of strike action can leave management in no doubt that the union is not prepared to accept the continuing abuse of individual drivers and negotiated agreements on the Piccadilly Line."

– RMT general secretary Bob Crow


Tube bosses 'disappointed' at strike threat

London Underground's operational development and upgrades director, Nigel Holness, said he was disappointed at the threat of industrial action over new trains.

He said good progress had been made in talks with the RMT on Wednesday and a further meeting was planned today.

"I would urge the RMT to work with us to bring about these improvements and remove the completely unnecessary threat of pointless disruption from hanging over our customers,"

– Nigel Holness, London Underground

On the Piccadilly line ballot, Phil O'Hare, LU's Piccadilly line manager, said he was hopeful the issues with the RMT could be resolved.

He said there had been two "very positive meetings" with the union, and management was "due to meet with the union's regional organiser next week to finalise an agreement".

Tube drivers to strike

Tube drivers have voted to strike Credit: PA

The RMT union has announced that Tube drivers on the Piccadilly Line will strike in a row over working conditions.

Tube cleaners and some engineers working for Transport for London will also walk out in separate disputes.

Drivers on Tube lines serving the Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle Lines voted for industrial action, short of a strike.

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