Strike action on the Piccadilly LineBack to Forum
For those who rely on it to get to Heathrow (or simply rely on it)
There is going to be a strike on the Piccadilly line. There will be no service on the line from early afternoon on Wednesday 26 September until the afternoon of Friday 28 September and then again on Friday evening, with no Night Tube, until the morning of Saturday 29 September.25 Sep 2018
“Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were launching the lengthy walkout from Wednesday until Friday.
According to the union, there has been a complete breakdown of industrial relations and Transport for London has said there will be no service on the entire line.”
The RMT says
“The dispute is over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations, abuse of procedures and the reneging on key safety and operational improvements promised by management after previous rounds of industrial action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT is angry, frustrated and disgusted that tube bosses have wrecked the planned ACAS talks today by denying reality and refusing point blank to make serious progress on the core issues that have reduced industrial relations on the Piccadilly Line to a powder keg.
” That is a deliberate and irresponsible act by an LU management hell-bent on confrontation regardless of the impact on half a million passengers a day on the main tube artery out to Heathrow Airport.
“The attitude of tube managers on the Piccadilly Line has been deliberately provocative and obstructive and it is that stance, including the back-tracking on operational, staffing and safety improvements agreed after previous rounds of action on the line, that led to the current dispute in the first place.
“The attempt by Tube bosses to turn today’s talks into a talking shop has deliberately slammed the door on any possible progress and as a result the action starting tomorrow goes ahead exactly as planned.”
#Tube drivers perform a safety critical role, and are responsible for all passengers on board—sometime up to 1,000 at peak times. But #TfL #piccadillyline bosses aren't ensuring proper staffing levels #piccadillylinestrike #rmt @RMTunion @RMTLondon https://t.co/dtSIo8isff pic.twitter.com/6LvccQxWMb
— Socialist Worker (@socialistworker) September 27, 201827 Sep 2018
Probably, More than a pilots salary is not enough for them to push 4 buttons. Go, Stop, Open, Close.
Absolute joke and whole unnecessary. And why the LHR Express hasn’t used this as a ideal marketing tool offering free/discounted travel is anyone guess … . But that is the UK rail system for you.27 Sep 2018
It’s very frustrating.
I’m landing at Heathrow tomorrow and instead of using the Piccadilly Line I have had to buy a single on the Heathrow Express, which doesn’t even go to where I want to go, and of course is much more expensive.27 Sep 2018
As an update, the Heathrow Express is struggling to process all the extra customers, with long queues of baffled passengers.
You can imagine what they feel about paying £27 at the end of the queue.28 Sep 2018