Fresh talks regarding London Underground strikes have reached another dispute after Tube drivers claim to have been threatened.
According to RMT and ASLEF unions, drivers have been threatened with being sent home for refusing to drive unsafe trains.
In a London Underground employee bulletin, dated July 24, staff were told that if they took industrial action in relation to train preparation, they will forfeit their pay for the entire shift and be sent home.
In a statement on Tuesday (July 28), RMT said: “Tube services are already being hit as a new phase of industrial action kicks in this morning with staff refusing to take out trains that have not been prepped in the previous 24 hours.”
The union claims that services on the District Line were disrupted on Tuesday morning due to a shortage of trains.
An ASLEF spokesman said: “London Underground has threatened to take legal action against ASLEF after we gave them notice that our members would refuse to bring trains into service that have not been subject to safety checks.
“Their action today has grievously undermined the trust needed for talks to make progress and so made it much harder to avoid further strikes.”
Talks to resolve planned strikes are currently under way, with major unions planning to strike against the proposed night tube service.
'Outrageous and deliberately inflammatory'
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, on Wednesday: “Instead of addressing the issues at the heart of the Night Tube dispute LU are instead ignoring safety concerns and threatening drivers who refuse to take out trains that have not been properly prepared.
“This is outrageous and deliberately inflammatory.
“The new phase of action is already biting this morning (July 28) with train shortages hitting services and LU should stop the threats to union members and start talking seriously about the staff concerns over the night tube plans.”
Transport for London have since issued a statement regarding the employee bulletin.
London Underground's chief operating officer said: "ASLEF has now withdrawn its industrial action with regards to train preperation.
"As a gesture of goodwill we have agreed not to deduct pay from those drivers who followed the instruction of their union yesterday (July 28).
"We continue to work hard to make progress in resolving the dispute on pay and Night Tube and avoid further unnecessary strike action."