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August 20, 2014
Central Line Tube strike: Union backs walkout on Friday in dispute over working conditions
Source: London Evening Standard

The Central Line is set to be affected by strike action on Friday after union members overwhelmingly backed a walkout in a dispute over working conditions.

The ASLEF union said 90 per cent of members balloted backed a walkout over London Undergroud's "failure to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve".

Finn Brennan, an organiser for the union, said: "This dispute has been brought about by management intransigence on a range of issues, but at its heart is management’s refusal to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve at work.

"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."

Transport for London was unable to confirm at this stage how widespread the disruption on the line would be if Friday's strike goes ahead as planned, and urged ASLEF bosses to continue talks in order to reach a solution. 

London Underground’s general manager Lance Ramsay said: “We have been holding discussions with ASLEF to work through local issues they have raised within our agreed processes. 

"We’re disappointed that ASLEF members have voted in favour of strike action while discussions are still ongoing.  Strike action is not necessary and we urge them to continue talks with us to understand and resolve their concerns.”



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