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District line drivers cancel planned strike for next Wednesday

PUBLISHED: 11:49 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 20 March 2018

The district line will operate at 60 per cent capacity on Wednesday, March 28. Picture: Peter Skuce.

The district line will operate at 60 per cent capacity on Wednesday, March 28. Picture: Peter Skuce.

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Train drivers’ union ASLEF has cancelled a planned strike for next Wednesday.

Tube drivers on the district line were originally going to be staging a 24 hour walkout on March 28 over the treatment of one of their train crew.

However, a ‘flaw’ in the statutory notice caused them to cancel the strike and a reballot will take place.

A spokesman from TfL 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.”

ASLEF had planned to strike over the handling of one of their crew members at the Acton depot, and the district line was expected to run at 60 per cent capacity as a result.

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