More strikes ahead
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’.