Tube strike: London Underground drivers to hold 24-hour walkout on 5 October, says Aslef union

Drivers vote by almost 9-1 for strike action in dispute over working conditions

Samuel Osborne
Monday 18 September 2017 14:37 BST
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The walkout threatens huge disruption for passengers and visitors to the capital
The walkout threatens huge disruption for passengers and visitors to the capital (Getty)

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London Underground drivers are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on 5 October.

The drivers voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over working conditions, their union Aslef said.

The action will likely threaten huge disruption for passengers and visitors to the capital.

The drivers voted by almost 9-1 to strike and a bigger margin for other forms of industrial action.

Tube Strike causes chaos for London commuters

Finn Brennan, Aslef's organiser on London Underground, said they had failed to deliver on commitments made to improve work-life balance as part of the 2015 pay settlement.

He said: "As part of the settlement of the dispute over the introduction of Night Tube, LU agreed to introduce a mechanism to allow drivers to reduce the number of shifts they work, on a pro-rata basis, and 'new ways of working' to reduce the percentage of weekend shifts worked by July this year.

"They have repeatedly refused to make any detailed proposals to do so. For more than 18 months management have prevaricated, stalled and delayed.

Previous tube strikes caused widespread disruption across London
Previous tube strikes caused widespread disruption across London (Getty)

"Deadlines have repeatedly been missed and promises broken while our detailed proposals to resolve these issues have been ignored.

"Our members' patience has finally been exhausted and our executive committee has announced strike action.

"As always, we are ready to meet at any time to try to find a solution, but it is long past time that LU management started to act to resolve this long-running dispute."

Nigel Holness, LU's director of network operations, said: "We are committed to ensuring that our employees are able to maintain a good balance between their work and personal lives, and we have been working closely with the unions to explore new ways to achieve this.

"I encourage Aslef to continue working with us constructively rather than moving towards unnecessary strike action."

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