21 April 2009

NEWS - London Underground on Strike to protest Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Victoria line drivers strike still on - safety, bullying, harassment

Nearly 200 tube drivers on the Victoria line still set to walkout tonight over a safety row.

Rail Martime and Transport train operators working out of the Seven Sisters depot are set to walk-out at 21.00 hours today to 20.59 hours Wednesday.

174 million people use London's busiest tube line every year.

"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."

Transport for London called the strike "completely unnecessary". Adding:

"London Underground believes these issues can be resolved by further discussion. There are procedures in place to deal with these kinds of issues and we ask RMT to return to the negotiating table. London Underground will seek to run the best service possible but customers are advised to check before they travel and seek alternative travel where necessary."

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