‘No Night Tube un­til next year’

Unions’ claims as talks stall again

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Night Tube ser­vice, orig­i­nally due to launch last month, is now un­likely to start un­til next year.

That’s ac­cord­ing to union bosses af­ter their talks with Lon­don Un­der­ground (LU) re­port­edly broke down with­out an agree­ment.

Finn Bren­nan, from the union ASLEF, said: “We have made it clear to Lon­don Un­der­ground that we want to keep talk­ing and de­velop a so­lu­tion that de­liv­ers Night Tube while pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing the work-life bal­ance for our mem­bers.

“We have put for­ward a num­ber of pro­pos­als to re­solve this dis­pute in a way that is fair and ben­e­fits both sides. LU have re­jected them all. Most dis­ap­point­ingly of all, they have de­cided to black­mail their own em­ploy­ees by re­fus­ing to make a pay of­fer un­less staff agree to worsen their work­ing con­di­tions.”

Be­fore the Septem­ber post­pone­ment, Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son was in­sist­ing the launch would come in the au­tumn.

How­ever, RMT union boss Mick Cash claimed Boris, who is also the MP for South Ruis­lip and Uxbridge, had called his of­fi­cials while over­seas and in­structed them to “kick the Night Tube into next year”.

Mr Cash added: “No one wins from this sit­u­a­tion – nei­ther Lon­don­ers or Tube staff. RMT sup­ports the prin­ci­ple of a Night Tube with prop­erly agreed re­ward and ros­ters and the union re­mains avail­able for fur­ther con­struc­tive talks.”

LU chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Steve Grif­fiths said: “Not only are the unions at risk of de­priv­ing mil­lions of cus­tomers of their Night Tube ser­vice, they are de­priv­ing em­ploy­ees of a very fair pay of­fer and longer term op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove work-life bal­ance even fur­ther.”

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