Tube strike planned for 17 September over staff treatment issues

UPDATE, 15 September 2014: The tube strike on 17 September has now been suspended. Find out more by clicking the link.

Londoners, brace yourselves for more Tube strikes and industrial action in September.

Train drivers union ASLEF are up in arms after noone from London Underground Limited (LUL) came forward to discuss issues that led to last Friday’s strike on the Central and Waterloo & City lines.

ASLEF’s members on the Central and Waterloo & City lines have threatened to withdraw their labour between 00.01 and 23.59 on Wednesday September 17.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s district organiser, said: “The issues at the heart of this dispute - treatment of staff, failing to stick to agreements made, and cuts in safety training - aren’t going to go away.”

Separately, Tube union RMT has threatened industrial action over “cuts to jobs and services across the network currently being bulldozed through by Mayor Boris Johnson and his officials”.

With effect from 00.01 hours 3 September 2014, until further notice, all station staff and station supervisors are instructed not to work any overtime

With effect from 00.01 hours 3 September 2014, until further notice, all station supervisors members are instructed not to participate in development courses and assessments at the development centres.

RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This next phase of action has been called for the clear and simple reason that London Underground has failed to engage in serious discussions over cash-led cuts to jobs, services and safety which ignore harsh realities like the 10% increase in violent assaults on the Tube and which instead are based on a bankrupt Thatcherite ideology handed down by Mayor Boris Johnson as he gears up for a return to Parliament and a pitch for David Cameron’s job. “RMT has scrutinised the details and it is clear to us that many locations will be left without sufficient staff to safely and effectively run stations.”

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