London Underground drivers on Jubilee Line to strike in row over new timetables
Drivers on London Underground’s Jubilee Line are to strike for two days next month in a row over new timetables.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its members will walk out on June 6 and 14, claiming the new timetables "ride roughshod" over rostering agreements.
General secretary Mick Cash said: "It is outrageous that Tube managers are trying to bulldoze through timetable changes without agreement that ride roughshod over existing rostering agreements.
"It is symptomatic of a management that is out of control and hell-bent on imposing change through diktat rather than through the established negotiating machinery.
"Drivers are angry at the impact on work-life balance and rightly see this move as the thin end of a very long wedge that could see processes and agreements unilaterally shredded by Tube bosses.
"There’s time for Tube management to reverse the imposition of these changes and to start talking seriously with the unions rather than wading in with the big stick."
It comes as millions of overground rail passengers across Britain are facing travel chaos following the biggest train timetable change for decades.
As more than four million trains across Britain were rescheduled yesterday scores of passengers were left frustrated and confused by cancelled services, with operators dubbed "Northern Failz".
Rail customers across the North of the country, Scotland, London and the south east of England will be affected by the changes – and morning rush hour today has been "chaos" and a "shambles" according to disgruntled commuters.
This includes every train run by the UK’s busiest franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – which consists of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express.
The firm had warned that services could be disrupted as the new timetable was introduced, leaving some passengers frustrated on the first day.
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