It is clear what the issues of the strike are...
As reported by WORKERS LIBERTY
The RMT rail union has announced: RMT train operators working out of the Seven Sisters depot, covering the Victoria Line, will be on strike from 21.00 hours Tuesday 21 April to 20.59 hours Wednesday 22 April in a dispute over the failure to install Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment and the continuing bullying, harassment and victimization of RMT members.
RMT members voted overwhelmingly for the 24 hours of action on four key areas of dispute:
- The failure to install the Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment on the Victoria Line which is operational on all other lines on the Underground.
- A demand for the reinstatement of sacked train driver Carl Campbell.
- An end to management misuse of attendance and disciplinary procedures.
- An end to the victimisation of RMT activist Glenroy Watson
"There can be no excuse for the failure to install Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment. It is operational on all other sections of the Underground and this dangerous penny-pinching on the Victoria Line puts both our members and the general public at risk," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.
"There is a culture of bullying and harassment of our members and representatives on the Victoria Line which is reflected in the sacking of Carl Campbell and the continued victimisation of Glenroy Watson and we are determined to put a stop to it.
"RMT remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute," Bob Crow said.
Correct reporting in this Article
The entire Victoria line has been suspended as a drivers strike continues to choke the underground.
Nearly 200 tube drivers on London's busiest line walked out at 9pm last night over "safety and harassment" and are not set to return to work until 8.59pm this evening.
Rail and Maritime and Transport described the strike from train operators working out of the Seven Sisters depot, "rock solid".
"Bullying and harassment"
The union have also accused London Underground management of "bullying, harassment and victimization" of a RMT activist and demand the reinstatement of a sacked college.
At the heart of the dispute is the Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment which ensures doors on the right side of the platform are opened and is in operation on all other lines – except the Victoria.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow accused LU of "penny pinching" that is "puts both our members and the general public at risk."
He added: "There is a culture of bullying and harassment of our members and representatives on the Victoria Line…
"RMT remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute."
Also correct reporting from Financial Times
'Union warns of Tube disruption'
London commuters were warned they could face travel trouble today after Victoria line Tube drivers were due to begin a 24-hour strike over passenger door safety and alleged "bullying and victimisation" of union members. The RMT union, which called the strike, said disruption could affect the Piccadilly line. Transport for London said the strike was "completely unnecessary" as London Underground had responded to all of the issues raised.
..then there was this from BBC NEWS
'Tube line stays shut after strike'
Disruption continues for Tube passengers as one of the busiest London Underground lines remains closed following a drivers' strike.
The Victoria Line was suspended from Wednesday morning after a 24-hour walk-out by 180 drivers on Tuesday night.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union claims trains need safety features to stop doors opening on the wrong side.
Transport for London (TfL) said it expected to resume a normal service on the line on Thursday.
TfL described the strike action as "completely unnecessary".
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) said the correct door-side enabling equipment had been installed on all other Tube lines.
A statement from TfL said: "Correct side door enabling equipment is in place on the new Victoria Line trains which will come into service in the next year.
"To retrofit the equipment in the existing trains would be hugely expensive and would take longer than the introduction of the new trains."
He added: "This dispute is not about the safety of passengers or staff.
"Safety is our top priority and London Underground has an excellent safety record."
No mention of the toxic work environment, nor any mention of the real issue of concern for drivers who whistleblow. Amazing, the BBC News also 'selected' a top propaganda quote to highlight in the article ..." Safety is our top priority and London Underground has an excellent safety record " -TfL spokesman. No direct "quotes" from the Union!!!
Is it clear who the BBC is working for?
AND THEN I FIND THIS !!
News Sniffer - Revisionista 'Strike forces Tube line closure' diff viewer ...
This article is from 'bbc', was first published or seen on Wed Apr 22 07:02:11 UTC 2009 and has 8 versions.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE 8 VERSIONS being slowly censored and any reference to Bullying and Harassment washed out;
THIS IS WHAT WAS PURPOSELY TAKEN OUT OF THE STORY........
'Culture of bullying'
General secretary Bob Crow also accused the management of "a culture of bullying and harassment" of union members on the Victoria Line.
"The rock solid support from our members for [the] strike on the twin issues of safety and bullying should send a clear message to the management that we expect our concerns to be sorted out swiftly," he said.
This confirms that the BBC had stripped ALL references to Bullying and Harassment from the news story!!!! See it for yourself. This is propaganda in action.