Tube strikes confirmed
ASLEF members on London Underground will take three days of strike action as a result of a failure to come to an agreement with Underground bosses over disputes on pay and the introduction of the Night Tube.
According to ASLEF, there will be a planned 24hour strike from 9.14pm on Tuesday January 26 followed by two further 24hour strikes from 9.14pm on Monday February 15 and Wednesday February 17.
The Metropolitan Line serving Chesham and Amersham is the lifeline for Bucks tube commuters to London.
The RMT union also confirmed that they too will strike on the three days, and its staff have been told not to clock on for 24 hours from 6.30pm.
The strikes are expected to lead to a complete shutdown of the underground system during this time.
The ASLEF executive committee met with Tube bosses on Monday (January 11) in an effort to avoid the strike action.
However the decision to walk-out was confirmed shortly after the meeting.
Finn Brennan of ASLEF, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly.
“We genuinely regret the inconvenience that will be caused but the behaviour of London Underground’s senior management team have left us with no other choice.
“Our negotiating team last met London Underground at ACAS on November 10 and since then they have refused to talk to us despite repeated requests.
“Our members have been extremely patient, they have waited for more than three and half years for promised talks on improving work life balance.
“There is still no indication when they will receive the pay rise that was due last April.
“We want to see an allnight service introduced, and we are not opposed to the recruitment of part time staff. But we will not accept a zero hour’s culture being introduced and working conditions undermined.”