ASLEF announces Night Tube strikes
11 Jan 2016
ASLEF members on London Underground are to take three days of strike action because of the failure of London Underground to resolve the dispute on pay and Night Tube. There will be a 24 hour strike from 21.15 on Tuesday 26 January to 21.14 on Wednesday 27 January followed by two further 24 hour strikes from 21.15 on Monday 15 February to 21.14 on Tuesday 16 February; and from 21.15 on Wednesday 17 February to 21.14 on Thursday 18 February which will lead to a complete shutdown of the Underground. With further dates to be announced.
Finn Brennan said: ‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We genuinely regret the inconvenience that will be caused but the behaviour of London Underground's senior management team have left us with no other choice.
‘Our negotiating team last met London Underground at ACAS on 10 November and since then they have refused to talk to us despite repeated requests. Our members have been extremely patient, they have waited for more than three and half years for promised talks on improving work life balance. There is still no indication when they will receive the pay rise that was due last April.
‘When an employer is simply not prepared to talk, then our only option is to take industrial action. 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 hours' culture being introduced and working conditions undermined. ASLEF wants a fair deal for existing staff and for new employees.
‘We are ready to talk at any time to finally resolve this dispute. It is time for the Mayor of London and his team at TfL to stop the political posturing and engage with us to stop London suffering more disruption.’