ASLEF moves towards Tube strike after reps reject pay offer

ASLEF members working on London Underground are moving towards strike action after reps unanimously rejected the company’s pay offer.

Management has been given a deadline of February 10 to make an acceptable offer or face a ballot for industrial action.

An ASLEF spokesperson said: “It is now more than a year since we submitted our pay claim. Management cannot be allowed to drag the process on indefinitely while refusing to engage with key parts of our claim.

“Neither of the alternative proposals that management have made match our members’ expectations of an RPI plus pay increase and a reduction in working hours. So far, management have flatly refused to even enter into discussions on closing the unfair pay gap between drivers on London Underground and those on London Overground and Crossrail/ TfL rail.

“After a year of talks, it is clear that if we want a fair settlement, we will have to show we are prepared to fight for it. Unless an acceptable offer is made by February 10, ASLEF will start the process of balloting our members for action.”

Meanwhile, TSSA reps voted to accept London Underground’s offer of RPI plus 0.2% in each year – backdated in the first instance to April 2019.

TSSA organising director Lorraine Ward said: “This settlement shows the power of our union and collective bargaining. I’m pleased that after many months of little or no progress we have been able to reach a deal which is good for our members.

“This is an improved offer from that which was on the table at the outset and locks in RPI plus deals in the coming years. I’m pleased to say it also removes the very real threat of industrial action we were facing on the Underground.

“We know all too well the challenging times LU has been faced with as a result of the loss of government funding in the form of the operating grant, and the delays to Crossrail.

“Rightly our members have been frustrated over the length of time it has taken to achieve a reasonable pay offer, whilst overstretched and under resourced working on front line stations.

“They now know that they can get on with the most important job of keeping London Underground running safely day in day out – and do so with a fair pay deal.”

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