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Central line passengers to face disruption as union announces 24 hour strike

PUBLISHED: 12:35 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 24 October 2018

The RMT union has announced a 24 hour Central line strike. Picture: Mike Brooke

The RMT union has announced a 24 hour Central line strike. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

Commuters are set to face disruption after Central line workers announced a 24 hour walkout.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union working on the line are set to strike on Wednesday, November 7, the same day as union members on the Picadilly line take industrial action.

Both strikes are due to what the union states is a breakdown in industrial relations.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “Industrial relations on the Central line have been at breaking point for some time now and the failure of the management to address the issues, and a conscious decision to up the ante by attempting to single out and pick off individual members of staff, has tipped the situation over the edge and has led to the announcement of strike action today.

“There is a growing culture on London Underground that revolves around refusing to employ enough drivers, bullying staff and expecting our members to pick up the pieces when the service breaks down.

“RMT members on the Central line have made it clear that they have had enough and are prepared to stand up and fight for workplace respect and justice.

“Tube bosses are well aware of the level of anger on the job and it’s down to them to take the situation seriously and engage in genuine talks around reaching a solution to the current disputes.”

If the walkout goes ahead, it will be the second strike to affect the line in just over a month.

Members of the ASLEF union walked out for 24 hours on Friday, October 5 over a range of issues, bringing the route to a halt.

They are also set to strike on the Central line again on November 7 in a similar dispute.

Nick Dent, director of line operations for London Underground, said: “The strike action called by both RMT and ASLEF on November 7 is totally unjustified.

“Our commitment to the safety of our customers and staff is absolute and something we will never compromise on.

“I urge the unions to call off this entirely unnecessary strike action which will only cause disruption to our customers.”

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