Central Line Tube strike: Commuters face travel chaos as London Underground workers walkout on Friday

London Underground drivers are set to stage a second strike on November 7 following a “breakdown of industrial relations”.

The line, which is used on a daily basis by 800,000 people, will come to a standstill at midnight on Friday, October 5 and will last 24 hours.

Aslef union members have accused tube bosses of “unsafe working practices” and plan to bring the entire line to a grinding halt.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: “Industrial action is always the last resort but, given the intransigence of management on a whole range of issues affecting our members, we have, reluctantly, decided this is our only course of action.

“The strike on the Central line is the result of management’s failure to deal with the issues our reps have raised regarding service control problems affecting our members; abuse of the attendance at work procedure; breach of agreements regarding managers driving trains; abuse of the case conference procedure; harsh and unfair use of the disciplinary procedure; and imposition of new and unsafe ‘flash and dash’ working practices.”

The strike comes after four days of industrial action on the Piccadilly line last week by members of the RMT union in a separate dispute.

The close proximity of walkouts could result in RMT union members also refusing to cross the picket line this Friday, causing chaos over large parts of London Underground.

Efforts are underway for another round of talks to be held between Aslef and London Underground in a bid to call of the proposed strike action.

Mainline services are set to be hit simultaneously as RMT guards on South Western Railway services to and from London Waterloo prepare to walk out.

The strike action is set to last 48 hours beginning on Friday morning and is over an ongoing dispute over driver-only operations and a change to duties.

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