11 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
PICCADILLY LINE STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED AS RMT SECURES PROGRESS IN ACAS TALKS
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed today that strike action by drivers on the Piccadilly Line due to start at 2100 hours this evening has been suspended following significant progress in extensive talks through ACAS.
The dispute remains on as the union monitors the agreement.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“I want to congratulate RMT Piccadilly Line members for their resolve throughout this dispute. It is their unity and solidarity that has given us the leverage in the talks process to secure the significant progress on the issues that triggered our action in the first place and which has enabled our Executive to suspend the strike.
“Each of the areas at the heart of this dispute have now been addressed in a way that has been sufficient to allow the union to suspend the action scheduled to start at nine pm this evening.
"The dispute remains on as we monitor all of the changes and improvements and specifically the guarantees to improve train operators working lives.
“As always, RMT remains vigilant and the union will continue to closely monitor developments and actions as we move forwards and that position holds good for the rest of the London Underground operation.”
The issues in dispute are:
• Insufficient driver numbers
• Undue central management pressure on drivers
• Obstruction of trade union duties
• Draconian application of attendance and sickness policies
Significant progress has been made in each of these areas allowing the strike action to be suspended.