There will be a tube strike all day this coming Friday (5th October), the tube union ASLEF has announced.

The union says that it’s calling the strike following a breakdown of industrial relations with London Underground

In a statement, Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said ‘The strike on the Central line is the result of management’s failure to deal with the issues our reps have raised regarding service control problems affecting our members; abuse of the attendance at work procedure; breach of agreements regarding managers driving trains; abuse of the case conference procedure; harsh and unfair use of the disciplinary procedure; and imposition of new and unsafe “flash and dash” working practices.

Based on previous Central line strikes by ASLEF in 2014, the line will be severely affected if the strike goes ahead as planned.

In the past TfL has not been able to run any Central line trains in the centre of London during strike action, although they were able to run limited services at the edges of the network.

Latest details of the strike will be available from TfLTravelAlerts

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12 comments on “Tube strike announced for the Central line this Friday
  1. Andrew Gwilt says:

    What about the Piccadilly Line that is due to go on strike and not just the Central Line. Will other tube lines also go on strike.

    Also most people/commuters (Londoners) who use not just Central Line but all other tube lines wants to see Driverless Trains to happen so that will be operated 24/7 365 days a year. And with no strikers to happen. Which could happen in 5-10 years time or in the 2030s. Or whenever it will happen in the future.

  2. Andrew Gwilt says:

    Why is that Dan.

  3. JP says:

    I can’t speak for Dan obviously and I’ll pass on the reply above but I will just say that Andrew’s comments often leave me with a smile as I enjoy his individual style and take on things as well as the knowledge of locomotive traction.

  4. cjw714 says:

    As Ian explained in July driverless trains won’t automatically lead to less strikes.
    https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2018/07/24/the-driverless-tube-train-shibboleth-returns/

  5. Paul Bohane says:

    Why, I wonder, is it that the only strikes we see these days are on public transport? Are we paying tube and railway workers so much that they are the only ones that can afford to strike?

  6. I DO NOT wish to travel on driverless trains! I believe the answer to the question of why strikes on “public transport only” is not correct – bus drivers are not known for striking & tube unions are much more cohesive in their membership participation, their regard to safety & understanding of the poor conditions they endure. Would Paul Bohane like to work on the underground? Considering these workers are responsible for the public’s safety I trust their decisions & not those of management.

  7. James Dahlstrom says:

    What is “flash and dash working practices” ?

    • Jim says:

      When terminating a train on the Waterloo and City line at Waterloo, a member of staff checks each carriage is empty before closing the doors and allowing the driver to take the train into the depot.

      “Flash and dash” means that, instead of the above happening, the drivers just turn the train lights off and on to indicate that the train terminates here, before closing the doors and driving off into the depot. No station staff needed to do the chucking out.

      Drivers are worried that passengers who have been taken into the depot might become aggressive and attempt to gain access to the cab, or assault the driver while they’re walking through the train to the other side, etc.

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