Drivers on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line will strike from 26-28 September. Drivers on the Piccadilly Line “Night Tube” service, which runs on Friday and Saturday nights, will also strike on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September.
The strikes were called after Piccadilly Line bosses reneged on agreements made in July, for which the RMT union suspended a strike planned for 11-14 July. The agreements included commitments around maintaining staffing levels at Piccadilly Line train depots, which the union says bosses have failed to uphold.
Train drivers’ union Aslef is balloting its members on London Underground, in a vote closing on 19 September, as Solidarity went to press, for strikes to demand better cab security, after a female driver on the Northern Line was attacked by passengers who broke into her cab. RMT has said it may also ballot its driver members on the same issue.
In a separate dispute, Aslef is balloting drivers on the Central Line for strikes against an authoritarian management. A union statement said: “This is a management out of control; prepared to ignore agreements and sack drivers at will.”
RMT is also balloting driver members on the Central Line for strikes to demand the reinstatement of Paul Bailey, a Central Line driver sacked after “failing” a drugs test, despite the test showing Bailey to be within the accepted limits for cannabinoid substances.
The union says the case calls into question the integrity of London Underground’s drugs and alcohol testing policy.