02/07/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/07/2020 04:28
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it has called strike action on the Bakerloo line in a dispute over the impact on train drivers over unworkable timetable changes that place operators under intolerable levels of personal stress.
A ballot for action covering driver members produced a 95% vote for action.
Members have been instructed as follows;
Not to book on for any duty after 11:59 on Friday 21st February until 11:59 on Saturday 22nd February.
Not to book on for any duty after 11:59 on Sunday 23rd February until 11:59 on Monday 24th February.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
'Drivers voted overwhelmingly for action in this dispute which is all about the management imposing timetable changes on the Bakerloo line without any serious recognition of the stress impact on the operators expected to implement them.
'We hoped we were making headway in talks with LU but our reps have now taken the view that the progress has been too little and too slow.
'The bottom line is that you cannot place intolerable stress and pressure on tube drivers that impacts on their safety-critical role and that is what this dispute is all about. The union remains available for talks.'