Tube strike on track after two unions reject bosses’ new offer

Tube trainTomorrow’s Tube strike is set to go ahead after two rail unions, ASLEF and TSSA, rejected London Underground’s offer with the third, RMT, recommending its executive this morning to do the same.

Talks at ACAS yesterday broke down after LUL gave unions just hours to consider a new offer over the new night Tube.

A statement from TSSA said: “ As it stands, LUL’s latest offer goes no way to addressing some of the key concerns of staff with regard to Night Tube, Fit for the Future Stations programme (meaning close of ticket offices and staff cuts) or meaningful negotiation and consultation. Recent talks at ACAS have been a continuation of the ‘charade’ of negotiation and consultation conducted by LUL management over recent months.”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “We have received the latest offer from London Underground during the ACAS talks yesterday.

“Our representatives on London Underground have discussed it and are clear that it is divisive and unacceptable. While a small minority of staff are being offered a non-consolidated one-off lump sum the remainder of staff are ignored and the key issues of work/life balance and the personal health and safety concerns are side lined. The deal as it stands is financed off the back of the proposed axing of over 800 safety-critical station jobs and is deliberately constructed to play individuals off against each other in the most cynical fashion.

“RMT is a democratic organisation and the views of our reps on LU are being taken into account. There will be a meeting of the union executive this morning at which there will be a recommendation to reject the offer. As is normal in all industrial negotiations RMT will remain available for talks.”

* A 48-hour strike on First Great Western is also set to go ahead tomorrow after talks broke down.