Tube strike District line Friday 13

09 April 2018

ASLEF members at Acton Town on the District line will be taking strike action for duties booking on between 00.01 and 23.59 on Friday 13 April as London Underground continues to ignore repeated offers of talks.

For more than two months, London Underground management has refused to meet ASLEF to discuss the issues at the heart of this dispute. The last meeting was on 30 January. The dispute centres on London Underground’s failure to follow agreed policies and procedures when a recently qualified driver was involved in a signal passed at danger incident.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: ‘We have repeatedly offered to meet to discuss this dispute but, instead of getting around the table, they have sent a stream of letters threatening legal action to try to prevent our members from exercising their democratic right to strike.

‘ASLEF members at Acton voted by 98% in favour of strike action. We expect another big ‘Yes’ vote in our ballot of members at Earl’s Court due this week. But, instead of recognising the concerns of our members, and reps, LU management are refusing to acknowledge that they have failed to follow their own procedures; threatened a disciplinary hearing to make a driver “agree” to be redeployed; and now refuse to talk to this union.

‘When management are intent on getting their way by threats and intimidation then we need to take a strong stand to protect our agreements and ensure fair treatment at work.’

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