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District line drivers u-turn on strike plans and will now walk out on April 11

PUBLISHED: 11:35 21 March 2018

ASLEF members on the district line will strike on Wednesday, April 11. Picture: Peter Skuce

ASLEF members on the district line will strike on Wednesday, April 11. Picture: Peter Skuce

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Tube drivers have u-turned on their strike plans yet again and will now be walking out for 24 hours on Wednesday, April 11.

Yesterday, train drivers’ union ASLEF announced a strike on the district line over the treatment of one of their crew members at the Acton depot by TfL.

They later cancelled the strike, but today announced it will go ahead, two weeks later than originally scheduled.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on London Underground (LU), said: “We are really disappointed that LU has refused, for the last six weeks, to even sit down with us to discuss this issue. Our members want policies and procedures to be applied fairly.

“Sadly, some managers on LU want to pick and choose which policies they apply. Threatening individuals with disciplinary action, refusing to talk, and leaving our members with no other option than to take strike action is not the progressive approach we expect to see from TfL.”

The line is expected to run at 60 per cent capacity during the walkout.

A TfL spokesman said: “The situation with this driver is not as the union has described and no disciplinary action has been taken against them.

“A driver had a number of safety incidents in their first few months of driving and, in line with our agreed policies, was offered an alternative role on our stations which they agreed to.

“There is no cause for a dispute, and we call on the unions to continue working with us to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.”

ASLEF members at the Earl’s Court depot on the district line will also vote on strike action in the coming weeks.

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