Tube strike to go ahead after last-ditch talks fail
The entire tube network is set to grind to a halt from tomorrow evening, after a final pay offer was rejected by unions.
The strike action, planned by ASLEF, RMT, Unite and TSSA unions, is being staged as a result of disputes over the introduction of night services in September, as well as the annual pay package offered to TfL workers.
RMT, Unite and TSSA union members will walk out for 24 hours from 6.30pm on Wednesday evening.
Aslef union members, which include the majority of London Tube drivers, will begin their strike at 9.30pm the same day.
London Underground put forward a “full and final” offer forward on Monday afternoon, which included a 2 per cent pay rise this year and £2,000 for drivers on the new all-night service.
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But Aslef’s senior negotiator Finn Brennan said the unions were were not given enough time to consider the deal.
“This is playground negotiating,” he said.
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“Having made no offer for three months, they give four unions one afternoon to consider a new offer.
“The strike will definitely go ahead - the company has said the offer is off the table at 6.30pm.”
In a message to London Underground staff, chief operating officer Steve Griffiths, said Monday’s offer was “fair and competitive” but would not be on the table for long.
“I have set this deadline so that if industrial action is called off we can plan to provide the best possible service to our customers this week.
“Should the industrial action go ahead, our revenue will be affected and therefore the offer will no longer be viable,” he stated.