Planned walk-out by ASLEF members on Friday could close line

Strike to close central line

Strike to close central line

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A strike by Tube workers will close the Central line on Friday, it is claimed.

The planned action is due to start at midnight and last for 24 hours after members of the ASLEF union voted in favour of the walk-out over working conditions.

The union has said workers are being treated unfairly over sick leave and delays on the line.

It said it expects the line to close

London Underground’s general manager, Lance Ramsay, said: “We have been holding discussions with ASLEF to work through local issues they have raised within our agreed processes. 

"We’re disappointed that ASLEF members have voted in favour of strike action while discussions are still ongoing. 

"Strike action is not necessary and we urge them to continue talks with us to understand and resolve their concerns.”

However ASLEF district organiser, Finn Brennan, has insisted the strike will go ahead as staff feel they are not being treated with respect.

He said: "This has come about simply because of how staff are treated on the line.

"The strike is expected to close the central line when it happens on Friday.

"We feel management are not treating drivers with dignity and respect and now they have had enough."

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10:25am Wed 20 Aug 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

How they going to gain respect by striking?
How they going to gain respect by striking? Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 1

10:39am Wed 20 Aug 14

The man who fell to Earth. says...

Ah bless, they feel dissed. Man up and do your job that you are well paid for, with far more than average holiday.............
......
Perhaps other people might be happy to do your job with less belly aching.
Ah bless, they feel dissed. Man up and do your job that you are well paid for, with far more than average holiday............. ...... Perhaps other people might be happy to do your job with less belly aching. The man who fell to Earth.
  • Score: 11

10:49am Wed 20 Aug 14

Paul Skinner says...

Perhaps they're shown little to no respect as that's what they have for their passengers who pay their lucrative wages?
Perhaps they're shown little to no respect as that's what they have for their passengers who pay their lucrative wages? Paul Skinner
  • Score: 12

11:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

dash22 says...

can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills'

have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up ..
can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills' have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up .. dash22
  • Score: 13

12:29pm Wed 20 Aug 14

John001 says...

dash22 wrote:
can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills'

have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up ..
Sorry, but you are wrong. The driver is there to manually operate the doors and to take control if the computer system fails.

Regular users of the Central line will probably be familiar with incidents where a train will stop before fully entering the platform and will then start again after a few seconds in order to move into its correct position. This indicates that the computer has failed and the driver has had to switch off the system and bring the train into the platform manually. If no driver was present the train would be stuck until (or unless) the system could be rebooted remotely.
[quote][p][bold]dash22[/bold] wrote: can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills' have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up ..[/p][/quote]Sorry, but you are wrong. The driver is there to manually operate the doors and to take control if the computer system fails. Regular users of the Central line will probably be familiar with incidents where a train will stop before fully entering the platform and will then start again after a few seconds in order to move into its correct position. This indicates that the computer has failed and the driver has had to switch off the system and bring the train into the platform manually. If no driver was present the train would be stuck until (or unless) the system could be rebooted remotely. John001
  • Score: -3

1:24pm Wed 20 Aug 14

fjl says...

John001 wrote:
dash22 wrote:
can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills'

have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up ..
Sorry, but you are wrong. The driver is there to manually operate the doors and to take control if the computer system fails.

Regular users of the Central line will probably be familiar with incidents where a train will stop before fully entering the platform and will then start again after a few seconds in order to move into its correct position. This indicates that the computer has failed and the driver has had to switch off the system and bring the train into the platform manually. If no driver was present the train would be stuck until (or unless) the system could be rebooted remotely.
Sounds a though a few minor tweaks to the automated system will easily sort out those problems you mention and the sooner the better.
[quote][p][bold]John001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dash22[/bold] wrote: can you believe this !! DRIVERS - the central line has automated driving they are computer controlled - the person in the drivers cubicle is pureley there to monitor and take a free ride - possibley only driving at weekends to ... 'keep up thier skills' have a look next time a central line train approches a stations and see the guy at the front with his feet up ..[/p][/quote]Sorry, but you are wrong. The driver is there to manually operate the doors and to take control if the computer system fails. Regular users of the Central line will probably be familiar with incidents where a train will stop before fully entering the platform and will then start again after a few seconds in order to move into its correct position. This indicates that the computer has failed and the driver has had to switch off the system and bring the train into the platform manually. If no driver was present the train would be stuck until (or unless) the system could be rebooted remotely.[/p][/quote]Sounds a though a few minor tweaks to the automated system will easily sort out those problems you mention and the sooner the better. fjl
  • Score: 12

3:09pm Wed 20 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

It might just be a coincidence but isn't it a Bank Holiday on Monday? If I want to take a long weekend I just ask my boss for a day's holiday rather than going on a meaningless strike, the sooner these glorified door openers are replaced by true automated services (like in Paris) the better
It might just be a coincidence but isn't it a Bank Holiday on Monday? If I want to take a long weekend I just ask my boss for a day's holiday rather than going on a meaningless strike, the sooner these glorified door openers are replaced by true automated services (like in Paris) the better jonny mash
  • Score: 11

7:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

HottRedMan says...

As usual we get the usual typical haters which is so common with this society. When it comes to hearing of Underground workers going on strike. Those moaning on about the job, go and apply; if you are not getting enough, then don't moan because others are getting paid higher than you.
It is the fact your unions have done nothing for you why you are not getting paid enough.
If you read the article properly this is NOT even a pay dispute. I guess none of you have never been sick in your life etc.
As usual we get the usual typical haters which is so common with this society. When it comes to hearing of Underground workers going on strike. Those moaning on about the job, go and apply; if you are not getting enough, then don't moan because others are getting paid higher than you. It is the fact your unions have done nothing for you why you are not getting paid enough. If you read the article properly this is NOT even a pay dispute. I guess none of you have never been sick in your life etc. HottRedMan
  • Score: -5

1:24am Sat 23 Aug 14

snacker says...

jonny mash wrote:
It might just be a coincidence but isn't it a Bank Holiday on Monday? If I want to take a long weekend I just ask my boss for a day's holiday rather than going on a meaningless strike, the sooner these glorified door openers are replaced by true automated services (like in Paris) the better
Yes it is , do you you ? Fascinating.......
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: It might just be a coincidence but isn't it a Bank Holiday on Monday? If I want to take a long weekend I just ask my boss for a day's holiday rather than going on a meaningless strike, the sooner these glorified door openers are replaced by true automated services (like in Paris) the better[/p][/quote]Yes it is , do you you ? Fascinating....... snacker
  • Score: 0

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