Tube Strike Called After Union Say Bosses Have ‘Mugged Us Off’

Industrial action planned on four days on Piccadilly line later this month

Piccadilly Line tube drivers who are members of the RMT union are to strike again over what they say is a failure by management to deliver promised improvements.

Drivers will not be booking on for their shifts between noon on Wednesday 26 September and noon on Friday 28 September and then again between 8.30pm on Friday 28 September and 1.30am hours on Saturday 29 September.

This Week's Industrial Action on the Tube Suspended

The union’s complaints include alleged abuse of policies and procedures, delays and cancellations to planned training, failure to release union representatives for meetings and slow implementation of change on key health and safety ‎issues.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “RMT has given Tube bosses ample time to rebuild trust and relations with staff on the Piccadilly Line but instead they have strung us along and mugged us off and our members aren't having it. That's why we have had no choice but to put this action on and the responsibility for the chaos that will ensue on a line serving Heathrow and half a million passengers a day lays fair and square with London Underground management.

“The company seem to think that they can promise improvements one day and then get away with playing fast and loose with safety and taking liberties with policies and procedures the next. Well, they can't.

“Relations have now sunk to rock bottom and the Piccadilly Line remains a volatile powder keg due to the management contempt for the workforce. That has to change, and quickly. RMT remains ‎available for genuine and serious talks.”

Nigel Holness, network operations director for London Underground said the union should "continue to work with us on the issues they have raised".

The RMT last called a strike in July to coincide with the visit of Donald Trump. The 52 hour industrial action was called off after last minute talks at the conciliation service ACAS.

September 13, 2018


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