Piccadilly Line strike will close three tube stations in Brent
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Brent commuters who use the Piccadilly Line will be forced to change their journeys from this evening when hundreds of drivers go on strike for 24 hours.
Sudbury Hill, Sudbury Town and Alperton stations will be closed from 9pm tonight when Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walk out over claims of a “comprehensive breakdown” in industrial relations.
The union said no services will be run on the entire, one of the busiest on the network.
The RMT said there has been a prolonged period of industrial problems on the line, partly linked to “serious underlying issues” with the age of the trains.
General secretary Mick Cash said: “The hostile and aggressive attitude by Tube bosses has collapsed the normal negotiating process and as a result they are wholly to blame for the fact that the strike action goes ahead.
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“The wholesale abuse of procedures and agreements by management on the Piccadilly Line is rife and amounts to the development of a campaign of bullying, harassment and intimidation that the union will not allow to continue.”
Pat Hansberry, London Underground operations director, said: “Our customers are advised to check our real-time travel tools, should the planned strike go ahead on the Piccadilly Line from late tonight.
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“This indefensible strike has been called to protect drivers who refused to drive Piccadilly Line trains on their shifts - without good reason - resulting in delays to our customers.
“That said, we remain available for talks and are keen for the union leaderships to engage with us, so that Londoners aren’t subjected to unnecessary disruption.”
The union plans further action after Easter.
For more information about the strike click here.