London Underground drivers have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over the ‘excessive barrage of noise’ on the Tube.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria lines backed the move by more than 95 per cent.
The result, which is action short of a strike, comes after the RMT said some improvements have been made but described progress as slow.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria lines backed the move by more than 95 per cent (pictured, the Victoria Line)
General secretary Mick Cash said: ‘It is appalling that RMT driver members have had to resort to a ballot in order to force London Underground to take the issue of excessive track noise seriously.
‘This is an issue that impacts not only on our members but on the travelling public as well and the union is absolutely determined to ensure that the company don’t drag their feet for a moment longer.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash (pictured) said ‘it is appalling’ driver members have had to resort to a ballot to sort out noise on the Tube
‘We welcome the fact that union pressure has secured some progress but it has been too slow and our executive will be monitoring the situation and considering whatever further action may be required to ensure that the health of our members exposed to this barrage of noise night and day is given top priority.’
The ballot result will now be considered by the RMT’s executive.
A Transport for London spokesman said: ‘The health and safety of our staff and customers is our first priority and we have met with our unions on several occasions to discuss the issue of noise.
‘We have already agreed to provide a broader range of ear protection to those drivers who wish to use it, and have further meetings scheduled with union representatives.
‘We look forward to working together to make sure that drivers are as comfortable as possible while carrying out their duties.’
The news comes weeks after Mick Cash won the support of thousands of transport workers to serve another five years as general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union – which he followed up with a warning that a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action will go ahead.