More strikes ahead

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LON­DON Un­der­ground staff are threat­en­ing fur­ther strikes over plans to in­tro­duce night time ser­vices.

Mem­bers of the ASLEF union are plan­ning to strike for 24-hours from 9.14pm on Tues­day Jan­uary 26 and again on Fe­bru­ary 15 and 17.

The strikes are ex­pected to lead to a com­plete shut­down of the un­der­ground sys­tem dur­ing this time.

Finn Bren­nan of ASLEF, said: “This is not a de­ci­sion we have taken lightly. Lon­don Un­der­ground’s se­nior man­age­ment team have left us with no other choice.

“We want to see an all-night 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.”

Lon­don Un­der­ground’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Steve Grif­fiths, ac­cused ASLEF of “try­ing ev­ery­thing” to stop the Night Tube – a ser­vice he claimed would cre­ate around 700 new jobs and boost the econ­omy to the tune of £360m.

He added: “Our four year pay of­fer is ex­tremely fair.”

It comes as ju­nior doc­tors walked out for 24 hours yes­ter­day (Tues­day). This will be fol­lowed by a 48-hour strike on Jan­uary 26 and the first to­tal walk­out in the his­tory of the NHS on Fe­bru­ary 10.

Health of­fi­cials fear up to 100,000 op­er­a­tions could be can­celled.

This dis­pute is over work­ing hours and pay as the Govern­ment pushes ahead with plans for a ‘seven day health ser­vice’.

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