Victoria Line goes into dispute




The following resolution has been received from Finsbury Park Branch:-


“This Branch, following reports from Representatives of both Industrial and Health and Safety at both depots (Brixton and Seven Sisters on the Victoria Line) instruct the General Secretary to advise the company we are now in dispute and immediately ballot all Train Operators and Operator Instructors on the Victoria Line for both strike action and action short of a strike. We feel that the machinery has failed and the Representatives have been fully ignored and breaches of the following agreements by management.


Examples include breaches of the attendance at work procedure (with maximum cautions being issued and staff being phoned at home without agreement and a Seven Sisters Representative being issued a caution without a discussion taking place with Head Office Officials as per policy), members being unlawfully deducted wages, attempts to de-recognise the SSTO grade at the lowest level in the machinery, members being forced to breach the framework agreement with forced overtime being imposed, unacceptable noise levels on the line and Service Control issues with our Night Tube members in particular being forced to keep trains in service as well as some instances on days”.


This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the decision to inform the Company that we are in dispute and to arrange a meeting of Victoria Line Train Ops IR and H&S Representatives, Branch Officers with the Senior Assistant General Secretary, Lead Officer and members of the NEC in attendance.


I am currently acting in accordance with the above decision and will keep Branches advised of all further developments.