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Victoria Line underground staff to strike

Issue No. 2171

Members of the RMT transport union on London Underground’s Victoria Line are set to strike for 24-hours from 9.30pm on Monday of next week over the imposition of new rosters.

These significantly increase the workload on staff.

Since 2003 there has been an agreement on the line that five “rounder turns” – where train drivers undertake five return journeys in a day – would be minimised, and they rarely happen between Monday to Friday.

Drivers complain of almost non-existent air cooling systems in the cabs, so this number of turns is highly unpopular.

Workers had been doing four return journeys a day on weekdays.

But, when the new Brixton depot opened, management unilaterally ripped up this agreement and rostered five rounder turns on weekdays. RMT members voted overwhelmingly for strike action over the issue.

They will also be refusing to drive more than four round trips from Wednesday of this week while remaining available for alternative duties.

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Tue 29 Sep 2009, 18:27 BST
Issue No. 2171
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