Picc Line drivers, DLR cleaners: vote yes for strikes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 02/20/2016 - 16:06

Back in October 2015, Picc Line drivers voted for strikes against an increasingly out-of-control management that was abusing its own disciplinary procedures. The unfair sacking of a driver was a particularly spectacular example.

After an 85% majority voted for strikes (undoubtedly a big factor in forcing the company to reinstate the driver, albeit as a CSA), things calmed down a bit. But they've now flared up again, with managers ripping up procedures and creating a culture of arbitrary and authoritarian discipline.

It's a sad state of affairs when we have to strike just to force management to stick to its own (usually inadequate) policies, but that's where we are.

RMT will ballot drivers for strikes from 22 February to 8 March. Make sure you vote yes. Aslef drivers should respect the picket lines.

Meanwhile, over on the Docklands Light Railway, RMT will be balloting Interserve cleaners for strikes against job cuts and unilateral changes to contracts and shifts. Tubeworker readers will be familiar with Interserve's many pleasant, worker-friendly practises on LU, like slashing jobs and routinely short-paying its staff. Strikes by Interserve workers on DLR already forced a 75p/hour pay increase; further strikes can force them to back off from their cuts plans.