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Drivers' strike hits major London Tube lines

Issue No. 2417

Pickets on the Central Line this morning

Pickets on the Central Line this morning (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The crucial Waterloo and City and Central Lines of London Underground were hit by major disruptions this morning, Friday, as train drivers in the Aslef union walked out on strike.

Up to a million people use the two lines every day.

The union is fighting over a number of agreements it says bosses are breaking, centred on the workers’ right to be respected at work.

Aslef district organiser Finn Brennan said, “Our members will not tolerate a situation where vulnerable people leave sickness review meetings in tears and drivers with years and years of good and long service are threatened with disciplinary action for a delay of 33 seconds in leaving a terminus.”

Pickets at White City station in west London were in a confident mood, after it was revealed that not a single Aslef driver had gone to work. They were further buoyed by solidarity from a number of RMT union members who stayed away too.

At rush hour there was no service on the Waterloo and City Line or the central London section of the Central Line, with only limited “shuttle” services at its western and eastern extremes.

The 24 hour strike is set to continue until midnight.

Aslef is currently in talks with bosses, and has warned it could call another strike on Wednesday 17 September.


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Fri 22 Aug 2014, 14:59 BST
Issue No. 2417
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