Londoners face chaos on the Tube as drivers plan a 24-hour walkout on the Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines next week.
There will be no service on the Central and Waterloo & City lines all day on Wednesday 7 November, while the Piccadilly line strike will run from midday on Wednesday until roughly 3pm on Thursday.
Members of both the Aslef and RMT unions will carry out the strikes. The industrial action follows similar walkouts on the Central and Piccadilly lines in October.
Drivers blamed a “comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations” for the action. “There is a growing culture on London Underground that revolves around refusing to employ enough drivers, bullying staff and expecting our members to pick up the pieces when the service breaks down,” said RMT general secretary Mick Cash.
“RMT members on the Central Line have made it clear that they have had enough and are prepared to stand up and fight for workplace respect and justice.”
Transport for London states further talks with the unions are planned, but warned commuters stations across the capital will be busier than usual should the action go ahead.
Nigel Holness, director of network operations for London Underground, said: “The strike action called by both RMT and Aslef on 7 November is totally unjustifiable. I urge the unions to call off this entirely unnecessary action, which will only cause disruption to our customers, while those discussions are ongoing.”
TfL plans to put 150 extra buses into service on Wednesday 7 November and 80 extra buses on Thursday 8 November. Customers travelling to Heathrow are advised to use TfL Rail and Heathrow Express services from Paddington.