7 November 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT members rock solid in strike action on Central Line over breakdown in industrial relations and abuse of procedures.
Tube union RMT confirmed that members are standing rock solid this morning at the start of 24 hours of strike action on London Underground’s Central Line over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations, a failure to employ enough drivers, a wholesale abuse of agreed procedures and the victimisation of a trade union member.
Today's action has gone ahead after LU management refused to lift a finger to make serious progress in talks aimed at resolving the dispute. As a result of that total management failure to address the issues the drivers’ have had no option but to take action exactly as planned with the disruption to services wholly down to the tube bosses intransigence.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"RMT members are standing absolutely rock solid and united the length of the Central Line this morning as they send out the clearest possible signal that they will not be bullied into accepting a wholesale undermining of workplace justice and rights.
“Industrial relations along the Central Line have been at breaking point for some time now and the failure of the management to address the issues, and a conscious decision to up the ante by attempting to single out and pick off individual members of staff, has tipped the situation over the edge and has led to the strike action today.
“The union is angry and frustrated that the management side have squandered a golden opportunity over the past week to resolve the issues at the heart of the dispute through the talks process.
“Today's action is the clearest possible demonstration to tube bosses of the level of anger on the job and it’s down to them to take the situation seriously and engage in genuine talks around reaching a solution to the current disputes.”