Strike’s a mis­ery for tube users

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - MIKE BROWN Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lon­don Un­der­ground

I AM very sorry your jour­neys have been dis­rupted. This strike is un­nec­es­sary.

The num­bers us­ing Lon­don Un­der­ground late at night have al­most dou­bled over the last decade, and be­cause of re­cent sus­tained in­vest­ment in mod­ernising the Tube net­work, we can run overnight on Fri­days and Satur­days on five lines from later this year.

This will mean faster night time jour­neys, at least 2,000 new jobs in Lon­don and a £360m boost for the econ­omy.

Fair­ness to our staff is cen­tral to these changes.

Once our 137 new driv­ers are trained, all ex­ist­ing driv­ers will have a choice as to whether they work nights or not.

And our wider pay of­fer is fair too – an av­er­age two per cent this year, one per cent or in­fla­tion (what­ever is higher) for next year and the year af­ter.

Night Tube lines and sta­tions staff will get £500 once the Night Tube is in place and train driv­ers an ex­tra £2,000 on top of this where tran­si­tional ar­range­ments ap­ply.

But the lead­er­ships of the unions flatly re­fused to re­spond.

They also re­fused to put the new of­fer to their mem­bers, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary given that it is a very dif­fer­ent of­fer to the one over which they were orig­i­nally bal­loted. In­stead, they strike. These things are only sorted out around a ta­ble – not by in­flict­ing mis­ery on hard work­ing Lon­don­ers.

We re­main com­mit­ted to talk­ing to the unions at any time.

If the lead­er­ships of the unions want an agree­ment, then they should put our pay of­fer to their mem­bers and work with us to re­spond to the chang­ing needs of Lon­don and our cus­tomers.

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