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Tube workers plan vote on industrial action

Thousands of London Underground workers are to be balloted on industrial action in separate disputes over jobs and safety, it was announced today.
More than 1,800 workers at Metronet, which maintains part of the Tube network, will vote on whether to strike in a row over jobs, work being subcontracted and different pension arrangements for new employees.

Around 1,500 drivers will also be balloted on action short of a strike because of union concerns that if Metronet employees took action, track might not be inspected by fully qualified staff.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said plans by Metronet to subcontract work were unacceptable, especially after the recent problems with brake failures on the Northern Line.