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District line drivers add extra day to strikes with walkouts on April 11 and 13

PUBLISHED: 16:58 29 March 2018

Drivers on the district line will strike on April 11 and 13. Picture: Peter Skuce

Drivers on the district line will strike on April 11 and 13. Picture: Peter Skuce

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Drivers on the district line have added another day to their strike action.

ASLEF Union workers will walk out on April 11 and 13 over the alleged treatment of one of their crew members at the Acton depot by Transport for London.

The strike was originally cancelled, then rescheduled for two weeks later. Drivers voted 90 per cent in favour of strike action with an 80 pc turnout.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on London Underground, said: “We are really disappointed that LU have refused, for the last two months, to even sit down with us to discuss this issue. Our members want policies and procedures to be applied fairly.

“Sadly, some managers on LU want to pick and choose which policies they apply. Threatening individuals with disciplinary action, refusing to talk, and leaving our members with no other option than to take strike action is not the progressive approach we expect to see from TfL.”

A TfL spokesman said: “The situation with this driver is not as the union has described and no disciplinary action has been taken against them.

“A driver had a number of safety incidents in their first few months of driving and, in line with our agreed policies, was offered an alternative role on our stations which they agreed to.

“There is no cause for a dispute, and we call on the unions to continue working with us to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.”

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