Night Tube drivers vote to strike

Tube trainASLEF and RMT members working on the Night Tube have voted 96% to take strike action overnight on April 8/9th and 29/30th over a block on career progression imposed by London Underground.

ASLEF organiser Finn Brennan said: ‘Under the previous Mayor, London Underground pushed through the recruitment of part-time staff to operate Night Tube because they weren’t prepared to find a fair way to roster the work with full time staff.

“Boris Johnson believed that new part-time recruits could be used to undermine trade unions and attack conditions for existing staff. Instead, these new recruits saw that it made sense to join and get active in ASLEF and have now delivered a huge yes vote to strike.

“ASLEF is determined to achieve a fair deal for Night Tube drivers just as we are for every other member. The executive committee has decided to give London Underground much longer than the normal seven days’ notice of industrial action that is required by law, so that there is ample opportunity for London Underground management to reach an agreement with us. I hope they will take advantage of this opportunity to avoid the necessity to take strike action.’

The union says Night Tube drivers have been prevented from moving into vacant full-time positions for a period of at least 18 months. All other staff, including part-time Night Tube station staff are eligible to apply.

In addition, LUL has advised that Night Tube drivers do not attract the overtime rate of pay until they exceed 35 hours in a week. As Night Tube drivers are currently contracted to only 16 hours, they are prevented from being compensated for any late finish due to, for example, service disruption.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is outrageous that London Underground have decided to discriminate against their Night Tube drivers.  This is a senseless and damaging policy that picks out one group of staff for negative treatment and of course the drivers are angry and that is why our members have voted overwhelmingly for action. Our Executive has now considered the current position and has concluded that we have no option but to move forwards with the announcement of these strikes.”

“RMT would call on LU to see sense, stop these stupid attacks on career progression and fair reward for overtime working and confirm that this discrimination against the Night Tube drivers has been lifted.”

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