Tube strikes con­firmed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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