Tube drivers to join Christmas 2016 strike wave

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 15:45

Tube drivers on the Central and Hammersmith & City Lines will join the developing Christmas 2016 strike wave, which also includes mainline rail workers, airport workers, postal workers, cinema workers, and factory workers.

RMT driver members at the White City and West Ruislip depots are striking on 24 December to demand the reinstatement of their unjustly sacked colleague Dean Storey, and drivers at the Hammersmith and Edgware Road depots on the Hammersmith & City, Circle, and District Line are striking on the evening of 24 December in a dispute over rostering and holiday working arrangements. LU wants Hammersmith and Edgware drivers to undertake cross-line working, including picking up trains at South Kensington. RMT has also instructed driver members not to work in areas where they are not trained, until further notice.

In a separate dispute, RMT Central Line drivers will vote on whether to strike over threatened displacements, in a ballot closing on 12 January.

Tubeworker hopes Aslef members at all these depots will respect RMT picket lines.

It's time for our unions to name strikes on stations too. Striking alongside Southern rail workers and others will seriously ratchet up the pressure on LU, who are already on the ropes due to an effective overtime ban.

TSSA stations reps met on Monday 19 December, with RMT stations reps due to meet tomorrow. Tubeworker sends its solidarity to all reps arguing for our unions to step up the fight on stations and name strikes.