RMT has announced today that strike action on the Bakerloo Line will go ahead this Friday.
The strike action will take place in a dispute over the impact on train drivers over ‘unworkable’ timetable changes.
Despite efforts, RMT has said its negotiators have failed to make progress in ACAS talks, and London Underground have failed to come up with a plan that would deal with these issues.
RMT remains available for talks if London Underground wants.
A ballot for action covering driver members on the Bakerloo line produced a 95% vote for strike action.
Members have been instructed:
- Not to book on for any duty after 11:59 on Friday 21st February until 11:59 on Saturday 22nd February.
- Not to book on for any duty after 11:59 on Sunday 23rd February until 11:59 on Monday 24th February.
What did the officials say?
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“RMT is angry and frustrated that hard work by our reps aimed at reaching a negotiated solution to this dispute has been wasted as the company have played us along and failed to make any kind of serious progress. That failure by London Underground chiefs mean that the action goes ahead as planned and even at this late stage we would ask the Mayor to intervene to get his officials back around the table with a serious offer.
“Drivers voted overwhelmingly for action in this dispute which is all about the management imposing timetable changes on the Bakerloo line without any serious recognition of the stress impact on the operators expected to implement them.
“The bottom line is that you cannot place intolerable stress and pressure on tube drivers that impacts on their safety-critical role and that is what this dispute is all about. The union remains available for talks.”
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