Strike’s a misery for tube users
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.