Strike action to take place this October in London

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Kennington tube station on the Northern Line
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RMT has confirmed a programme of industrial action taking place on London Underground.

The industrial action is to back up a demand for progress over tube track noise after drivers voted in favour in a ballot covering the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria lines.

Industrial action short of a strike with effect from 00.01 hours Thursday 10th October 2019 until further notice.

Although some improvements have been made the progress has been slow and has only been achieved through relentless pressure from RMT safety reps. The residual issues are clear:

  • London Underground have refused to introduce temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) at Pandrol Vanguard track locations to help alleviate excessive track noise and anxiety for our drivers and travelling public alike.
  • London Underground have failed to provide an acceptable timescales for the removal of this track.
What did the officials say?

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“It is appalling that RMT driver members have had to resort to a programme of industrial action in order to force London Underground to take the issue of excessive track noise seriously. It should never have come to this and the blame lies solely with the employer and their failure to protect the workforce.

“This is an issue that impacts not only on our members but on the travelling public as well and the union is absolutely determined to ensure that the company don’t drag their feet for a moment longer.

“We welcome the fact that union pressure has secured some progress but it has been too slow and our executive will be monitoring the situation and considering whatever further action may be required to ensure that the health of our members exposed to this barrage of noise night and day is given top priority.”

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