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Bakerloo line rail workers to strike over safety

Issue No. 2059

Around 150 train drivers and station staff on London Underground’s Bakerloo line will strike for 24 hours from 10pm on Thursday July 19 in a safety dispute over lone working.

The rail workers, members of the RMT union, returned a 94.5 percent vote in favour of strike action after tube bosses tried to impose changes in working practices on them.

'We've made it clear to London Underground that their plans to reduce station staff at Queen's Park, Willesden Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone will compromise the safety of our members and are unacceptable,' said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

'Having a minimum of two station staff involved in detraining passengers is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Our first duty is to the safety of our members and that is the key issue of principle involved in this dispute.'

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Thu 12 Jul 2007, 16:42 BST
Issue No. 2059
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