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22.01.16

Night Tube back on track as three unions abandon strike plans

London Underground managers are hoping to get the Night Tube back on track for a 2016 launch date after three unions abandoned plans to strike over the coming weeks.

In a revised pay offer sent to unions yesterday, LU proposed a minimum 1% in the fourth year settlement, to give the guarantee of a raise if RPI happened to fall below zero. The £500 bonus, initially offered to Night Tube staff, will also be extended to all operational workers.

LU said the bonus payment was being extended to recognise the fact that the all-night service will first be rolled out on the Central, Piccadilly, Jubilee, Victoria and Northern Lines, and then onto other services “in future years”.

Its managers have agreed to trial a four-day working week of 36 hours, to be tested for six months on the Jubilee Line on or before November. If the pilot is successful, the new model will potentially be implemented across the rest of the network.

Three of the four unions originally threatening to strike this week and mid-February have already abandoned their plans. Aslef suspended its threat yesterday morning after talks at Acas progressed further, and Unite pulled out on Monday to allow for more constructive talks to continue.

TSSA cancelled its strike action yesterday afternoon following a meeting with its representatives. But its general secretary, Manuel Cortes, warns that the industrial action planned for February 15 and 17 may still go ahead as the union remains in dispute with LU management.

“It does appear that LU management have at long last started to listen so in an act of their good will towards our passengers and as a further show of our good faith towards LU, we won't take industrial action next week,” he said.

“But we do remain in dispute with them over very serious issues related to station safety and security and so can't rule out future strike action pencilled in for February.

“Again I call on Boris Johnson to show good faith towards tube workers and London's commuters by putting their safety above political posturing for Tory backbenchers from the shires and ask him to meet directly with me to resolve these matters once and for all.”

RMT union is the only one left to decide whether to strike or not. After receiving the revised offer yesterday, its representatives said the National Executive Committee will be meeting on Monday (25 January) to discuss the matter.

Its threat to strike on 26 January remains in place until further notice.

(Top image c. Anthony Devlin, PA Wire)

Comments

Ringing_The_Changes   22/01/2016 at 11:55

The 7th Feb launch date refers to the 'Fit for the Future' operating model not Night Tube.

Martin T   23/01/2016 at 14:53

The £500 bonus, initially offered to Night Tube staff, will also be extended to all operational workers...[because] rolled out on the Central, Piccadilly, Jubilee, Victoria and Northern Lines, and then onto other services “in future years”. That's like saying because Tesco starts something in a few stores now, which will be rolled out to all stores in ten years' time, then staff in all stores will get more money now, even though it will not earn sufficient money from those few stores to cover increased pay costs across the country. In the cut-throat highly-competive commercial world where customers show little loyalty such a scenario never occur. But, hey, London Underground is the 'jobs for life' public sector where taxpaying mugs are fleeced.

Tubemole   24/01/2016 at 08:46

7th February is never going to happen as they haven't even recruited the part-time Train Operators who will be working the nights, never mind trained them. It will be summer at the earliest.

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