Tramlink Strike Suspended

20 May 2019

The ASLEF Executive Committee has agreed to suspend the strike due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday [22nd - 23 May] on Croydon Tramlink after a breakthrough in talks with FirstGroup management at the conciliation service ACAS.

 

A new offer that gives drivers an above inflation pay rise and an additional 13 rest days each year will now be considered by the Union.

 

This significant improvement on the previous proposal has been brought about by the strength and solidarity of our members on Tramlink. They have had two rock solid days of strike action with more than 50 members taking part in picketing.

 

The new proposal is the biggest improvement in working conditions since the Tram system opened. An additional 13 rest days, giving the equivalent of the 35 hour week that is now standard on the railway, means members will have quality time off with much improved rosters.

 

The drivers salary will increase by a minimum of 9.9% over the three year period with a guaranteed link to the RPI rate of inflation. (RPI is the inflation measure used to calculate fare rises and student loan repayments and is usually higher than the Government's preferred measure of inflation CPI)

 

An additional 10 drivers will be recruited to facilitate this and new rosters will be introduced before the end of the proposed pay settlement in November 2021

 

The negotiating team will now report on the new offer to the Executive Committee who will decide on the next steps. 

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