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Piccadilly line Tube drivers to vote on strike action

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Image caption The union says London Underground is compromising passengers' safety

Passengers on London Underground may face more disruption in the run up to Christmas as Tube drivers will vote over strike action in the coming weeks.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said 400 Piccadilly line drivers will be balloted and blamed "corroded" industrial relations for the move.

Drivers on Southern rail will vote next week on further strike action.

The ballots will close in mid-November, raising the threat of co-ordinated walkouts on the Tube and Southern.

The RMT is also balloting 3,500 Tube station and other staff on whether to hold strikes in a separate dispute over jobs and the closure of ticket offices.

RMT members on Southern will hold their latest strike on 4 and 5 November as part of their long-running dispute over the role of train conductors.

General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Industrial relations on the Piccadilly line have been corroded through repeated failures to follow agreements, policies and procedures.

"It is those failures that have led to the wholesale breakdown in industrial relations which has triggered this ballot for action.

"RMT members on London Underground will not stand by while agreed policies that were put in place to maintain Tube safety are systematically ignored and undermined."

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