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Tube workers

Issue No. 1933

TUBE DRIVERS in the Aslef union at the Arnos Grove depot won better treatment for a colleague by striking for 24 hours on Christmas Eve.

The strike was to defend a driver who was demoted after passing red signals. Drivers felt management had acted unfairly and in breach of its own procedures in demoting the driver.

The strike brought most of the Piccadilly Line to a halt and won solidarity from other drivers.

Pressure on drivers and tube staff has increased following the privatisation of the tube under New Labour’s PPP scheme.

Tube unions have warned that the way to improve safety is by taking the pressure off staff rather than threatening them with draconian disciplinary measures.

SIGNALLERS AND line control staff on London Underground have won an improved pay and hours package after solidly voting to strike on New Year’s Eve.

The RMT union members voted by 94 percent to strike, but the action was called off after last-minute concessions by tube bosses.

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Sat 8 Jan 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1933
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