By Max Clarke

The Tyne and Wear Metro system appears set to become the latest transport network to face strikes as the Rail Maritime and Transport workers’ union prepares to ballot its members.

The ballot, to be held in reaction to an ‘assault’ on workers’ pensions covered by the Local Government Pensions scheme, will affect all members of the UK’s second largest subterranean transport system.

"It is a scandal that workers who have made pension provisions and planned for the long-term are taking the hit for a financial crisis created by the reckless and greedy actions of the spivs and speculators from the banks and business sector,” commented the union's strike-happy leader, Bob Crow.

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