Another Central Line Strike Called For September

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 45 months ago
Another Central Line Strike Called For September

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There's another strike planned for the Central and Waterloo & City tube lines, this time for 17 September.

The lines were largely shut down last Friday, with just a shuttle service running at either end of the Central line. The dispute is over the way ASLEF - the train drivers' union — says London Underground (LU) management treats staff, and a 20% cut in annual refresher training for drivers.

LU, unsurprisingly, denies accusations that there's a bullying culture on the line. However, since talks last ended a week ago, ASLEF hasn't heard anything else from LU, so the next strike has been called for 00.01 until 23.59 on Wednesday 17 September. If talks resume and issues are resolved, the strike will be called off.

If you want more background to the strike we recommend reading our original article about the strikes and the blog of ASLEF Shrugged, a Central line train driver.

Elsewhere on the tube network, it seems London Underground are pushing ahead with plans to reorganise staffing. To recap, this means that all ticket offices will close, 950 staff will lose their jobs and certain suburban stations will have just a single member of staff (take a look at this map (PDF); stations classified as 'local' will have one member of staff on at peak times). In response, the RMT is recommending a ban on members working overtime as of 3 September.

Last Updated 28 August 2014