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Tube drivers stage 24-hour strike

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The RMT says the correct equipment is installed on all other Tube lines

Tube drivers on one of London's busiest lines are staging a 24-hour strike in a row over door safety equipment.

About 180 drivers on the Victoria Line were due to stop working from 2100 BST on Tuesday, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' (RMT) union said.

The union claims trains need safety features to prevent doors from opening on the wrong side.

London Underground (LU) said the strike was unnecessary, and advised passengers to check services before they travel.

'Bullying culture'

The industrial action is being taken by workers from the Seven Sisters depot in north London.

The RMT said the correct door-side enabling equipment was installed on all other lines on the London Underground.

General secretary Bob Crow said he was also determined to stop "a culture of bullying and harassment" of RMT members on the Victoria Line.

A Transport for London spokesman described the strike as "completely unnecessary".

Can it be right that just 82 train drivers can disrupt the travel arrangements of half a million Victoria Line passengers?
Business group London First

"There are procedures in place to deal with these kinds of issues and we ask RMT to return to the negotiating table," he added.

"LU will seek to run the best service possible, but customers are advised to check before they travel and seek alternative travel where necessary."

Business group London First criticised the RMT's decision to strike.

A spokesman said: "Can it be right that just 82 train drivers can disrupt the travel arrangements of half a million Victoria Line passengers?

"Not only will those in outer London who work in our West End and business districts struggle to complete their journeys, but shoppers will be inconvenienced too."



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