Tube drivers in strike ballot

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:27 Author: Ollie Moore

Driver members of the RMT union on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line are currently balloting for industrial action, with the vote due to close on Thursday 21 June.

The dispute has been prompted by what the union calls a complete “breakdown in industrial relations”, with management adopting an increasingly disciplinarian and authoritarian approach, including obstructing union reps from carrying out basic trade union duties. The RMT says that Piccadilly Line management has also failed to honour agreements made in previous disputes.

Driver-only union Aslef is also balloting its Piccadilly Line membership; its ballot will not close until July. Should RMT’s ballot meet the threshold requirements and return a majority for strikes, a discussion will need to be had amongst RMT reps and activists around whether the union should wait for Aslef’s ballot to close, in order to coordinate potential action, or launch action of its own using the momentum of its own ballot.

A separate joint RMT-Aslef dispute on the Jubilee Line seems close to a settlement, with two planned strikes being suspended after LU management agreed not to increase weekend working for drivers on the line.

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