Members of the RMT union have voted 2,614 to 643 to reject a 3% pay increase and to strike for an increased offer from London Underground. Workers want a shorter workng week in addition to any pay increase.
The RMT have announced the first strike date as June 10th, the day on which Londoners go to the polls to elect the Mayor, London Assembly and MEPs.
The RMT’s decision to strike comes after Mayor Livingstone promised to deliver improved services on the network if he was re-elected next Thursday.
Simon Hughes, the LibDem Mayoral candidate, has repeated his pleadge to remove the RMT leader Bob Crow from the board or Transport for London if he is elected.
Commenting on the latest developments Mr Hughes said “This sort of industrial action does nobody in London any good.”
The Conservative candidate, Steve Norris has called for a no-strike deal on the tube adding “No union should have the right to bring the city to a standstill”.
Mr Norris joined Mr Hughes in calling for the RMT to be removed from the board of TfL.