ASLEF members expected to strike on July 8th after being forced to work weekends and nights

Tube trainASLEF members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after being forced to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.

The vote was 97.6% in favour of strike action on an 81.3% turnout. The 24-hour strike is expected to take place on July 8th.

The ballot was triggered when management ended direct talks with the unions and started the process to impose new rosters. Underground staff have been told that unless they agree to the rosters then no pay offer will be made this year.

ASLEF organiser Finn Brennan said: “There is a window of opportunity for London Underground managers to avoid a summer of disruption by seriously engaging with us to find a solution. They need to withdraw the threat to impose new rosters and make a realistic offer on pay and conditions.

“We are always prepared to talk, but they have to start listening to this very clear message from their staff.

“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.”

Members of the RMT, TSSA and Unite are also currently balloting for industrial action with ballot results due to be declared on 30 June.

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