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Tube drivers stage fresh 24-hour walkout over staff "displacement"

PUBLISHED: 15:50 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:05 25 January 2017

London Underground

London Underground

Tommaso Tagliaferri

Drivers on a London Underground line are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over the "forced displacement" of staff.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union who work on the Central Line will walk out at 9pm on Wednesday

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the Acas machinery to resolve this dispute but the door has been slammed in our faces.

“If LU are allowed to get away with this move on the Central Line they will start shunting drivers around at the drop of a hat regardless of the consequences.

“Our members will be sent out from pillar to post to plug gaps that are solely down to staffing shortages.

“With massive budget cuts in the pipeline at LU this is a straw in the wind as to how the company expects to operate in the future.

“Staff across London Underground are angry and the company would be wise to recognise that.”

LU said there will be no service east of Leytonstone and a reduced service running on the rest of the Central line all day on Thursday, while the Waterloo & City line will not run at all.

All other transport services will be unaffected by the action but some may be busier than usual as passengers seek alternative routes.

A special bus shuttle service will also operate between Epping and Chingford.

Peter McNaught, operations director for the Central line, said: “We apologise to customers for the disruption they may experience due to this unnecessary strike.

“We have made all reasonable efforts to resolve this dispute with the RMT through talking through the issues with them, and we have minimised the number of employees affected from 30 to eight.

“We urge the RMT to engage with us to resolve this issue and to withdraw the strike action, which will only cause needless disruption to Londoners.”

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