ASLEF to ballot tube drivers over pay and rosters

21 May 2015

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, is to ballot its members on London Underground in a dispute over pay and the company’s decision to try to force through new rosters which would mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.

The union has been told that, unless drivers agree to the rosters, which include all night services on Friday and Saturday nights, they will be imposed and no pay offer will be made this year.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s district organiser, said: “LUL has closed down the negotiations and written to us to say that they intend to go ahead and implement new rosters, with unlimited weekend and night shifts, without agreement.The only discussion they have offered are ʻworkshops’onthe fine details of their plan.

“Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work/life balance. We aren’t opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.

“Sadly, because the company refuses to negotiate seriously, we are left with no other choice than to ballot our members on industrial action.”

Around 80% of all London Underground drivers are members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union.

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