Tube drivers with Aslef union approve pay deal

Aslef union members have agreed a pay deal with London Underground. Picture: PA Images

Aslef union members have agreed a pay deal with London Underground. Picture: PA Images - Credit: PA WIRE

London Underground drivers with trade union Aslef have voted overwhelmingly in favour of approving the Night Tube service.

Nearly 9-in-10 drivers accepted the new pay deal offered by TfL after months of wrangling.

It means the long-awaited night tube is very close to going ahead as the union represents most drivers.

Finn Brennan, Aslef officer and lead negotiator on the talks, said: “Aslef members on London Underground have voted by a huge majority to accept the improved offer on pay and Night Tube.

“Last year management tried to force through changes to rosters that would have meant unlimited increases in weekend and night shifts with a pay rise of just 0.5 per cent.

“Our members took two days of absolutely solid strike action to protect their working conditions and win an improved offer.

“Their strength and solidarity have achieved an above-inflation pay rise and real improvements in conditions that will give drivers, and other grades, much more flexibility and control over their work/life balance in the future.”

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Aslef union members’ agreement follows in the footsteps of the RMT whose members voted in favour of the deal on March 1.

Disputes about the night tube prevented the 24-hour weekend service being introduced last September, with tube workers taking industrial action to voice their protest over proposed implemented working conditions.

Other unions TSSA and Unite have yet to make a decision.

If confirmed, the 24-hour weekend service will run through Newham via the Central line and will also operate on the Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern lines.