24 January 2017
RMT Press Office:
Tube drivers to strike on Central Line East over cuts-led forced displacement of staff.
Following a ballot result strongly in favour of taking strike action and action short of a strike against the forced displacement of Central Line Train Operators, and the failure of ACAS talks to resolve the dispute, RMT’s National Executive Committee has confirmed today that all affected members at Hainault, Leytonstone and Loughton Traincrew Depots will NOT TO BOOK ON for any shifts that commence between:-
• 21:00 hours on Wednesday 25th January 2017 and 20:59 hours on Thursday 26th January 2017.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the ACAS machinery to resolve this dispute but the door has been slammed in our faces.
“Let us be in no doubt, if LU are allowed to get away with this move on the Central Line they will start shunting drivers around the combine at the drop of a hat regardless of the consequences. Our members will be sent out from pillar to post to plug gaps that are solely down to staffing shortages. With massive budget cuts in the pipeline at LU this is a straw in the wind as to how the company expects to operate in the future.
“Staff across London Underground are angry and the company would be wise to recognise that. The action is on and RMT remains available for serious talks.”