BREAKING Heathrow Airport passengers face travel disruption this week after London Underground strike talks collapse
A strike on the London Underground line serving Heathrow Airport will go ahead after talks collapsed.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on the Piccadilly Line will launch a 48-hour walkout from 12 noon on Wednesday and a five-hour strike from 8.30pm on Friday.
The union says there has been a complete breakdown of industrial relations with transport bosses.
The two sides met at the conciliation service Acas but they ended without agreement.
TFL has urged people to complete journeys on the Picadilly line before 1pm on Wednesday 26th of September and use alternative methods of travel, including buses and rail.
A further five-hour strike will take place on Friday September 28 at around 10pm – meaning there will be no Night Tube service.
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Passengers attempting to reach Heathrow Terminals 1-5 have been urged to use the Heathrow Express service which departs Paddington Station every 30 minutes.
RMT says they are introducing the measures to oppose “the abuse of policies and procedures, delays and cancellations to planned training, failure to release reps for important meetings and dragging their feet over implementation on key health and safety issues”.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT has given Tube bosses ample time to rebuild trust and relations with staff on the Piccadilly line but instead they have strung us along and mugged us off and our members aren’t having it.
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“That’s why we have had no choice but to put this action on and the responsibility for the chaos that will ensue on a line serving Heathrow and half a million passengers a day lays fair and square with London Underground management.
“The company seem to think that they can promise improvements one day and then get away with playing fast and loose with safety and taking liberties with policies and procedures the next. Well, they can’t.
“Relations have now sunk to rock bottom and the Piccadilly line remains a volatile powder keg due to the management contempt for the workforce. That has to change, and quickly. RMT remains available for genuine and serious talks.”