London Ballot result to be announced on Thursday 9 February

07 February 2006

ASLEF said today that it would announce the result of its ballot for industrial action in London Underground at a press conference and briefing at 1330 next Thursday (9 February) at its headquarters at 9 Arkwright Road. The union has recommended its members to vote yes in the ballot, thus giving authority for a series of 24-hour non-continuous strikes.

 

The union will announce both the result of the ballot and what steps it will take to pursue to secure a satisfactory outcome to the current dispute. ASLEF represents about 70% of London Underground drivers with over 2,000 members. Other unions have agreed to follow the ASLEF lead.

 

The dispute arose after what the union describes as a "serious breakdown in industrial relations and trust". The union accuses the company of ignoring agreements, imposing change without negotiation and inflicting excessive and draconian punishments. It says that individual tube lines operate different policies on a range of issues, argues that discipline appeals appear to be pointless exercises rather than serious re-considerations and complains that representative are not allowed time off for union duties and transfer agreements are regularly ignored.

 

The Executive authorised the ballot because of failure to resolve issues around "harassment, discipline, attendance, negotiations and health and safety".

 

The press briefing will be led by ASLEF General Secretary Keith Norman.

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