24-hour walkout by ASLEF workers over new working conditions
London Underground drivers are to strike for 24 hours over plans by LUL to implement new rosters, which union ASLEF says would mean drivers ‘will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay’.
The walkout will begin on 8 July at 21.30 and relates to changes made by LUL in relation to the introduction of Night Tube services, which are set to begin on five lines on 12 September this year.
In a ballot of ASLEF members, 97.6% voted in favour of a strike and 98.7% in favour of action short of a strike, with a turnout of 81.3%.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s district organiser, said: ‘Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work/life balance. We aren’t opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.’
ASLEF represents around 70% of drivers on the network. The RMT and TSSA unions are also balloting their members on the possibility of strike action over the new arrangements, with results expected later this month.