11 September 2018
RMT Press Office:
Piccadilly Line tube drivers to strike in long-running dispute over breakdown in industrial relations
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that driver members on the Piccadilly Line will strike again later this month in a long-running dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations and a comprehensive failure by management to deliver on promised improvements following previous rounds of industrial action.
As a result, members will take action by not booking on for any turns of duty as follows;
Between 1200 hours on Wednesday 26th September and 1200 hours on Friday 28th September
Between 2030 hours on Friday 28th September and 0130 hours on Saturday 29th September.
The action comes after the abject failure by Tube bosses to deliver on a raft of issues including an end to the abuse of policies and procedures, delays and cancellations to planned training, failure to release reps for important meetings and dragging their feet over implementation 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.”