The Piccadilly Line will be hit by strike action next month, the Tube workers’ union RMT confirmed today, as staff prepare to walk out again over an “aggressive and bullying management culture”.
The line, which spreads across north and west London, will be shut down for 24 hours from midday on 7 November as staff walk out, affecting commuters on 8 November as well.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is frustrated with the slow and tortuous process when it comes to getting the Piccadilly Line management to address the full raft of issues at the heart of this dispute. That has left us with no option but to confirm this next phase of action early in November.”
Workers previously walked out twice late last month, following the collapse of negotiations between bosses and unions which had been held at ACAS, the dispute-resolution service.
“There has been ample opportunity for the management side to listen to the deep-seated concerns of their staff and take the action required to address them. The ball is firmly in their court,” Cash added.
Nick Dent, director of line operations for London Underground, said: “We met with the RMT at ACAS last week and continue to be available to meet with them in order to find a resolution for the dispute on the Piccadilly line. We are disappointed that the RMT leadership have taken the decision to name new strike dates during these constructive discussions, and urge them to continue to work with us to resolve this dispute and spare our customers further disruption.”