London Underground drivers to walk out in fresh round of strikes in ongoing pay dispute

By Staff

London Underground drivers have announced new strike action despite recent pay discussions with TfL. Union officials say workers will walk out on April 8 and May 4.

It comes after walk outs were averted in January after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, provided extra cash to TfL so that negotiations with unions could restart. A spokesperson for ASLEF told MyLondon on January 17 when asked how they were progressing: “Pay talks resume today and we look forward to what management has to say.”

But now fresh action by the ASLEF union threatens serious disruption across the capital’s transport network on these dates. Finn Brennan, the union’s organiser on London Underground, said TfL has failed to give assurances that changes to terms and conditions will not be imposed without agreement.

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He said: “Despite a previous commitment to withdraw plans for massive changes to drivers’ working conditions, London Underground management has established a full-time team of managers preparing to impose their plans.

“They want drivers to work longer shifts, spending up to 25 per cent more time in the cab, and to remove all current working agreements in the name of flexibility and efficiency.

“Everyone knows what these management buzz words really mean. It’s about getting people to work harder and longer for less.”

ASLEF drivers have voted by 98% in favour of strikes. They previously went on strike a year ago in the same dispute.

A source close to Mr Khan told MyLondon: “Strikes are bad news for everyone and the Mayor urges ASLEF and TfL to continue talks to find a resolution to this dispute, and prevent this potential disruption to Londoners.”

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