Traffic Delays Expected in London if Tube Strike Goes Ahead in February
Train drivers on London Underground look set to take three days of strike action over a long-running dispute about pay and plans for an all night Tube service. This is likely to result in much more crowded roads in the UK’s capital city, partly as a result of increased reliance on car, bus and taxi travel during the strike.
Leaders of the drivers’ union Aslef will meet today to decide whether to press ahead with stoppages which would cripple Tube services in the capital. If the executive agrees, there will be a 24-hour strike from 21.14 on Wednesday January 27 followed by two further 24 hour strikes from the same time on February 15 and February 17.
LU has offered a four-year pay deal and said it will hire part-time drivers to staff an all-night service at weekends. But unions have been seeking assurances for months about terms and conditions for their members.
Finn Brennan of Aslef said: “We genuinely regret the inconvenience that will be caused by any action but the behaviour of 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 hours culture being introduced and working conditions undermined. Aslef wants a fair deal for existing staff and for new employees.
A spokesman for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said: “RMT’s executive will be taking a report from our London regional organiser on the total breakdown of negotiations over the linked issues of night Tube and pay.
“That report will include a number of recommendations for action in support of our members in this dispute with London Underground. Any decisions on action are a matter for the union’s executive as set out under RMT’s rule book.”
The RMT is also in dispute over station staffing issues and is balloting 1,300 Tube Lines maintenance staff over pay and the night Tube.