TUBE UNION RMT confirmed on 27th March that tube drivers on the Jubilee Line, working out of the Stratford and Greenwich depots, have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action and are to strike on 2nd April and 2nd May in a dispute over bullying of staff through the misuse of procedures and an appalling decline in the standard of working conditions which have led to a total breakdown in industrial relations.
A catalogue of unresolved issues has led to the dispute and the ballot for strike action, including:
- The failure to follow agreed procedures and the misuse of the disciplinary process.
- The deterioration of basic staff facilities on the Jubilee line leaving them in an appalling and disgusting condition.
- The removal and threatened removal of some of the most basic staff benefits and facilities.
- A severe lack of support from managers for their staff even though the drivers are under severe pressure to run Jubilee Line services against a backdrop of repeated breakdowns.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Union reps have repeatedly told management that staff are sick of the gradual decline in working conditions and facilities which have been allowed to degenerate into a disgusting state and which appears to be another petty and vindictive way of sniping at union members on the Jubilee Line. Communication with staff and union reps has also been undermined and support from managers for staff has been systematically stripped away. Union warnings have been ignored and it is that attitude from management that has led to this strike action.
“RMT remains available for talks aimed at resolving this dispute.”