Last month ASLEF members at Acton Town voted by 98% in favour of strike action in a dispute over the application of the SPAD policy on the line.
Instead of sitting down to find a way to resolve this dispute, London Underground management have not even offered to meet to discuss it. Your Executive Committee have now decided to give London Underground notice that our members at Acton District will not be booking on for duties starting between 00:01 and 23:59 on Wednesday 28th March 2018.
Taking strike action should always be a last resort. but when management are not even prepared to take the opportunity to resolve issues by discussion and negotiation then we have to be ready to take action. This dispute is not about one individual or one case. It is about defending our agreed policies and procedures for everyone.
If management can pick and chose who to get rid of regardless of fair and equitable agreements, then every driver is at risk.
This dispute will now be escalated to other depots on the SSR lines as requested by our branches if management are not prepared to find a resolution.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2018 14:48:12 GMT by Dstock7080
Why only ballot Acton? Surely if this is a network wide issue then all ASLEF drivers and RMT should of been balloted
As far as I'm aware its not an issue on the Central but then we're an ATO line so we don't have much of a SPAD problem. It could just be Acton Town management who are trying to be clever with the procedures while Upminster, Barking and the rest are playing by the book.
What happened? Did the driver get dipped to stations?
I understand the individual had three safety related incidents, was called into an interview (without Union representatives) and was warned that another incident would put them in breach of the agreed SPAD Policy. A Management suggestion of taking alternative employment or facing ‘the inevitable’ fourth incident and instant CDi was met with agreement with the individual to take alternative employment. This is against the said agreed SPAD Policy.
Tube drivers who are ASLEF members currently plan strike action for Friday 13 April
Action would mean a reduced service across the District line for all of Friday Further information available at tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike and via @tfltravelalerts and @districtline Transport for London (TfL) is advising District line customers that a reduced service will be in operation on Friday 13 April due to planned strike action by ASLEF members who work at the Acton Town depot.
There will be delays to journeys on the District line throughout the day, so customers should allow more time to complete journeys or change to a different line where possible. All other Tube lines will operate as normal. Services on the District line are expected to resume normally on Saturday morning.
The impact is expected to be minimal in central London due to normal service on the Circle line, with regular services between Gloucester Road and Tower Hill, but there will be more time between trains going to all western branches of the District line via Earl's Court and east of Tower Hill. There will be no services to Kensington (Olympia), however London Overground and Southern services will be calling at the station as usual. TfL Travel Ambassadors will be at key locations to provide travel information and advice to customers.
This dispute relates to the reassignment of a District line driver, who had experienced a number of safety incidents in their first few months of driving, to a station staff role. The driver had three separate safety incidents in 11 weeks, leading to a mutual decision for them to return to their previous role on a station. The driver was not disciplined, but agreed to the move which was proposed as part of the safety processes agreed to by our trade unions to ensure the safety of our customers.
"I apologise to customers for the disruption this completely unnecessary strike will cause and call on the unions to continue working with us to ensure the safety of our customers and staff" Nigel Holness London Underground's Director of Network Operations
Last Edit: Apr 11, 2018 15:46:41 GMT by Dstock7080