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Jubilee Line Tube drivers vote to go on strike

Tube drivers on the Jubilee Line have voted to go on two 24-hour strikes in a row over working conditions and claims of bullying.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union and Aslef are set to walk out on 2 April and on 2 May.

The unions claimed the reasons for the dispute include "bullying of staff" and a "decline" of working conditions.

London Underground said it had addressed the issues in the dispute and urged the unions to hold more talks.

'Very poor'

In a letter to London Underground setting out the reasons for the dispute, the RMT highlighted:

  • The "unfair and disproportionate" treatment of drivers in disciplinary meetings
  • Many facilities on the Jubilee line being in a "very poor" and in some cases a "disgusting" state
  • The "removal and threatened removal" of some benefits
  • A "severe lack of support" from managers for their staff

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "RMT will not sit back and allow the wilful misuse of procedures on any part of the Tube network as a means of bullying and intimidating our members."

Howard Collins, London Underground's chief operating officer, said however he believed all such issues in the dispute "have been addressed".

"[We] are happy to discuss this further with the unions," he said.

"I urge both unions to abandon this unnecessary action and get around the table to resolve the matter."

A spokesman for conciliation service Acas said: "Productive talks were held today at Acas between London Underground, RMT and Aslef.

"The parties have adjourned for the evening to consider their positions."

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