Tube drivers vote for industrial action in noise dispute

London Underground drivers have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over the level of noise on the Tube.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria lines backed action short of a strike by more than 95%.

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Tube drivers vote for industrial action is noise dispute. Photo: Nick Ansell / PA Wire

The RMT said some improvements have been made but described progress as slow.

The ballot result will now be considered by the RMT’s executive.

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.

“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.”

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.”

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