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Tube Drivers and Southern Rail Staff to strike


London to be hit by double strike by Tube drivers and Southern Rail guards

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/24/london-to-be-hit-by-double-strike-by-tube-drivers-and-southern-rail-guards-6279947/#ixzz4R1Wda12G


Hundreds of London Underground drivers are to stage a 24-hour strike next month in two separate disputes, coinciding with another walkout by guards on Southern Rail.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines will walk out from 9.30pm on Tuesday December 6 over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations, breaches of procedures and bullying and harassment of staff.

The Piccadilly line is one of the busiest on the London Underground network and serves Heathrow Airport.

The stoppage will coincide with a two-day strike on December 6 and 7 by RMT members on Southern Railway in the long-running row over changes to the role of conductors.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘The dispute on the Hammersmith & City line is about the basic issues of protecting working conditions of our members and defending agreements from attempts to drive a coach and horses through them.

Southern Rail passenger trains arrive at Victoria Station in London on September 7, 2016. Southern Railway workers are striking due to proposed changes to the roles of the company's conductors and train drivers. / AFP / Daniel Leal-Olivas        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Southern Rail workers will go on strike (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

‘The management are out of control and the anger at their failure to follow procedures has boiled over.

‘This breakdown in industrial relations should never have been allowed to happen and, if agreements and processes had been adhered to from the off, the package of issues at the heart of the dispute could have been resolved through the joint machinery.

‘In the separate dispute involving drivers on the Piccadilly line, safety is again a major factor and is tied in with the ripping-up of policies and procedures and ignoring warnings from staff.

‘Our members have been left exposed and vulnerable and we have no choice but to blow the whistle before lasting damage is done.

‘The union remains available for talks in both disputes.’

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/24/london-to-be-hit-by-double-strike-by-tube-drivers-and-southern-rail-guards-6279947/#ixzz4R1WM5TW3


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