Com­muters warned about three Tube line strikes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TRANS­PORT for Lon­don is warn­ing com­muters ahead of strikes on three dif­fer­ent Tube lines on the same day.

Bul­ly­ing and lack of staff have been cited as two of the is­sues be­hind the strike, be­ing held by two sep­a­rate unions.

On the Pic­cadilly line RMT Union work­ers will be strik­ing, while RMT and Aslef union work­ers are strik­ing on the Cen­tral and Water­loo and City lines.

To­day (Wednes­day) there will be no ser­vice on the Cen­tral and Water­loo lines what­so­ever, while ac­tion on the Pic­cadilly lines be­gins in the af­ter­noon.

Ser­vices on the Pic­cadilly line will not re­sume un­til around 3am the fol­low­ing day (Thurs­day), TfL has warned.

Aslef driv­ers on the Cen­tral line held a 24-hour strike in early Oc­to­ber, af­ter a Pic­cadilly line strike by RMT driv­ers spread over four days.

Both unions claim that Lon­don Un­der­ground have cre­ated fric­tion in in­dus­trial re­la­tions over bro­ken prom­ises.

Af­ter ACAS talks col­lapsed be­fore the last Cen­tral line strike, Aslef or­gan­iser Finn Bren­nan re­vealed that the driv­ers were strik­ing over the sack­ing of a col­league by Lon­don Un­der­ground.

Although TfL is warn­ing com­muters about the Tube strike, it is keen to stress that talks are on­go­ing with both unions.

Talks were held at spe­cial­ist ne­go­ti­a­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion body ACAS, although both strikes went ahead, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant is­sues for Lon­don­ers us­ing the Tube net­work.

Nigel Hol­ness, direc­tor of net­work op­er­a­tions for Lon­don Un­der­ground, said: “We will keep cus­tomers up-to-date with the lat­est travel ad­vice to help them re­plan their jour­neys, and will con­tinue to talk to the union lead­er­ship in or­der to try and re­solve these dis­putes.”

TfL is putting an ex­tra 150 buses on the roads to­day to help cope with the vastly in­creased de­mand.

Pas­sen­gers wish­ing to get the train to Heathrow are ad­vised to use TfL Rail and Heathrow Ex­press ser­vices from Lon­don Padding­ton.

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