13 September 2019
RMT Press Office:
Tube workers on a key section of the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence and anti-social behaviour at work.
RMT members on the eastern end of the District Line voted by nearly 95 per cent to take action short of strike action in protest after a female member of staff was attacked in her office by a violent passenger and others have been threatened.
In light of the result RMT has confirmed the following action;
We instruct all affected members from 00:01 hours on Friday 27th September 2019, until further notice.
• Work from a within a place of safety when lone-working and not to detrain alone or attend incidents on trains alone.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that it was clear that staff were living in a constant state of fear and had simply had enough of the inaction of local managers.
“There has been an explosion of violent crime and sexual offences across the network and our members are bearing the brunt of it particularly on the District Line.
“It is clear that violent crime is spiralling out of control as staffing levels are hacked back to the bare bones in the drive for profit-driven cuts.
"RMT has warned repeatedly that the all-out drive towards an automated and faceless Tube would turn our trains and stations into a criminals paradise and those who have ignored those warnings should act now before more serious injuries or worse occurs on the Tube,” he said.