Tube Union Announces Six Strike Dates

Commuters facing months of misery on London Underground

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Tube Union RMT today announced strike dates after members voted by almost two to one for strike action over the 'victimisation' of union activists.

All London Underground train driver members have been instructed not to book on for any duty that commences:

  • between 21:01 on Monday 16 May and 11:59 on Tuesday 17 May
  • between 12:00 on Wednesday 18 May and 11:59 on Thursday 19 May
  • between 12:00 on Friday 20 May and 21:00 on Friday 20 May

All London Underground train driver members are further instructed not to book on for any duty that commences:

  • between 21:01 on Monday 13 June and 11:59 on Tuesday 14 June
  • between 12:00 on Wednesday 15 June and 11:59 on Thursday 16 June
  • between 12:00 on Friday 17 June and 21:00 on Friday 17 June

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “It is the abject failure of LU to recognise that their policy of victimisation of union activists has been well and truly rumbled both in the Employment Tribunal and in their own depots that has left us with no choice but to name these dates for strike action.

“The massive vote for action by tube drivers shows that they are well aware of the consequences of allowing our activists and safety reps to be picked off while we hear daily reports of breakdowns and failures on the network as a direct result of the very cuts that our members have been fighting.

London Underground's managing director Mike Brown said: "We know that the vast majority of drivers work safely with the utmost respect for passengers and their fellow workers at all times. The cases concerned are still going through the Employment Tribunal process and Transport for London will of course respond to whatever conclusions are reached in these processes."

"These Tube strikes will do absolutely no good for London or Londoners," said Transport Secretary Philip Hammond. "The unions need to understand that the future of industrial relations in this country is in their hands."

May 4, 2011