Piccadilly line drivers strike announced

Train drivers and other operational staff are to strike next week after claiming that TfL had gone back on an agreement reached in May this year.

RMT members voted 88 per cent in favour of industrial action.

Workers have been instructed not to sign on between midday on December 4 and 11.59 pm on December 5.

RMT has also threatened further action in the form of a 48-hour strike if no deal is agreed.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The overwhelming 88 per cent vote in favour of strike action can leave management in no doubt that the union is not prepared to accept the continuing abuse of individual drivers and negotiated agreements on the Piccadilly line.

“Back in May, RMT entered onto an agreement in good faith which we hoped would be honoured and would bring an end to this long-running dispute. However, once the threat of strike action had been removed, local management began to systematically undermine and ignore the agreement which now  effectively lies in tatters.”