London to be hit with double strikes by Southern rail and Tube workers


London to be hit with double strikes by Southern rail and Tube workers

Here we go again (Picture: Getty Images)

Simultaneous strikes are happening on the Tube and Southern Rail next week so your commute is going to be a nightmare.

December 6 has been set as both the start date for two further three-day Southern Rail strikes, as well as for two 24-hour walkouts by Tube drivers on two different lines.

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The strike actions are all part of separate, unrelated disputes.

Aslef, the train drivers’ union, is expected to announce a strike on Southern taking place at the same time as an RMT-led three-day walkout by Southern guards.

At the same time, Tube drivers on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City line are staging a 24-hour walkout starting from 9.30pm on December 6.

This will be you (Picture: PA)

This will be you next week (Picture: PA)

According to the RMT, which also represents Tube drivers, there has been ‘heavy handed and aggressive management’ on the Hammersmith & City line, and ‘ripped up’ procedures and policies on the Piccadilly line.

Charles Horton, chief executive of Southern’s owners, Govia Thameslink Railway, said: ‘It’s perfectly safe for the driver to have sole responsibility for the operation of a modern train, and that’s how a third of the trains up and down the country – with the full agreement and support of Aslef – already operate today.

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‘The travelling public has already suffered months of misery and hardship as a result of the RMT’s pointless series of strikes.

‘We urge Aslef to get round the table with us to continue our talks and resolve their dispute without causing further unnecessary grief to passengers.’

However, RMT leader Mick Cash insisted that driver-only trains were less safe, telling the Transport Select Committee that incidents happen regularly – including a fire on a Southern train on Monday.

George Bearfield, from the Rail Safety and Standards Board, told MPs that research had proven that driver-only trains were safe.