Even after it seemed that the relationship between TfL and the unions were getting better, then comes another sign of disagreement to affect the rest of the city.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) that drive trains on the Piccadilly Line (as in the one that goes to and front Heathrow) are going on strike for 24 hours, beginning at 9PM this evening.
The reason? Said union general secretary Mick Cash:
The hostile and aggressive attitude by Tube bosses has collapsed the normal negotiating process and as a result they are wholly to blame for the fact that the strike action goes ahead.
The wholesale abuse of procedures and agreements by management on the Piccadilly Line is rife and amounts to the development of a campaign of bullying, harassment and intimidation that the union will not allow to continue.
In response, London Underground operations director Pat Hansberry called the strike “indefensible” and “without good reason”:
This indefensible strike has been called to protect drivers who refused to drive Piccadilly Line trains on their shifts – without good reason – resulting in delays to our customers. That said, we remain available for talks and are keen for the union leaderships to engage with us, so that Londoners aren’t subjected to unnecessary disruption.
So, yea…many of you should have probably found an alternative for tonight and tomorrow by now. [NOTE: Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express will be available during the strike.]