Piccadilly Line Drivers Balloted As 'Management Are Riding Roughshod Over Agreements'

We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the resolution from our Finsbury Park branch.

We note that it is the unanimously-held view of our drivers' representatives and branch officers on the Piccadilly line that the union should ballot Piccadilly line drivers for strike action without delay.

Our representatives believe that the line's management are riding roughshod over agreements and for some time appear to have been deliberately misinterpreting policy on SPADs, holistic reports and attendance, particularly at Arnos Grove.

At the west end of the line, a new depot is to open at Northfields on Sunday 19 May, and management have issued rosters which unilaterally withdraw 5 minutes booking on time at Acton, despite the 5 minutes having been agreed at a Directors-Level meeting. If the line management get away with breaking this agreement and ignoring the machinery, they will ignore other agreements, as they already appear to be doing at Arnos Grove.

We further note our reps' views that management have refused to accommodate our reasonable requests for eating facilities, car parking facilities and syndicate facilities at Northfields.

We therefore resolve to ballot our Piccadilly line driver members for strike action, in time for action to be called before the new depot opens, on the following issues:

  1. Breaches of agreements by line management in respect of:
    • SPAD Policy
    • Attendance Procedure
    • Staff Errors Procedure (Holistic)
    • Booking on Agreements for Acton Town and Arnos Grove
  2. Management refusal to accommodate our reasonable requests for eating facilities, car parking facilities and syndicate facilities at Northfields.

    We rename this file BREACHES OF AGREEMENTS AND FAILURE TO ADDRESS REASONABLE
    CONCERNS – DRIVERS – PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND

    We further instruct the General Secretary to liaise with ASLEF on this matter.

    London Transport Regional Council, its Train Grades Committee, branches and Piccadilly line trains
    representatives to be advised.