28 September 2018
RMT Press Office:
Piccadilly Line strike "united and determined" on third day as union piles pressure on LU to address core issues
TUBE UNION RMT said that driver members on the Piccadilly Line are standing united and determined again this morning as the current phase of strike action enters it's third day in a fight for workplace justice and respect.
The dispute is over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations, abuse of procedures and the reneging on key safety and operational improvements promised by management after previous rounds of industrial action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT driver members stand united and determined this morning on day three of this strike in the fight for respect and justice in the workplace and a safe and supportive working environment on London's crucial Piccadilly Line.
"It's now time for tube bosses to recognise the anger and frustration of staff on the Piccadilly Line and to start seriously addressing the deep-seated and long running grievances at the heart of this dispute.
" The shutdown of the Piccadilly Line service today and tonight is wholly the responsibility of an LU management who have sought out confrontation with their own workforce regardless of the impact on nearly 800,000 passengers a day on the main tube artery out to Heathrow Airport.
"The attitude of tube managers on the Piccadilly Line has been deliberately provocative and obstructive and it is that stance, including the back-tracking on operational, staffing and safety improvements agreed after previous rounds of action on the line, that led to the current dispute in the first place.
"This weeks action has shown that our members on the Piccadilly Line are rock solid in the fight for workplace justice and respect. It is now down to LU to set out some serious and meaningful proposals to resolve this dispute."