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Piccadilly Tube drivers set to walk out on strike

Hundreds of Piccadilly line drivers will stage a 24 hour walk out, over a “breakdown in industrial relations”, according to the RMT union.

Piccadilly Tube Credit // Flickr: Andrew Bowden

Piccadilly Tube
Credit // Flickr: Andrew Bowden

Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members will begin the first of three 24 hour strikes on Wednesday 9PM.

The walk out will mean that there will be no service on one of the busiest lines on London’s Tube network all day Thursday.

An estimated 600,000 passengers use the London Underground line daily, due to being the only Tube line to Heathrow.

Transport for London (TfL) have advised for “customers travelling between Heathrow airport and central London, Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services will be available to and from London Paddington station.”

The RMT union have said there are several issues which have led for strike action, such as the prolonged period of industrial problems and concerns over the “ageing Piccadilly Line fleet” which may have “left drivers in a vulnerable position”.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The hostile and aggressive attitude by tube bosses has collapsed the normal negotiating process and as a result they are wholly to blame for the fact that the strike action goes ahead for 24 hours from tonight exactly as planned.”

“The wholesale abuse of procedures and agreements by management on the Piccadilly Line is rife and amounts to the development of a campaign of bullying, harassment and intimidation that the union will not allow to continue.”

85 per cent of RMT members had voted for the strike to take place.

Pat Hansberry, Operations Director for London Underground said: “This indefensible strike has been called to back drivers who refused to drive Piccadilly line trains on their shifts – without good reason – resulting in delays to our customers. That said, we remain available for talks and are keen for the union leaderships to engage with us, so that Londoners aren’t subjected to unnecessary disruption.”

However, London commuters took to Twitter to express their frustration about the strike.

 

Sub-editor: Shirly Bumaguin 

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