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Tuesday 19th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

Tube drivers have overwhelmingly backed strikes in their fight to make good managers’ pledges to change their working conditions.

Members of the Aslef union will walk out for 24 hours on October 5 after voting 88.4 per cent to a walkout on a 53 per cent turnout.

As part of the deal to bring in the Night Tube, London Underground (LU) promised to reduce the number of shifts drivers work and to change working conditions to achieve a better work-life balance, said the union.

LU also pledged to reduce the number of weekend shifts drivers have to work.

The new conditions were supposed to be implemented by July this year, but Aslef said management has “repeatedly refused to make any detailed proposals” and “ignored” the union’s own “detailed proposals.”

Aslef LU organiser Finn Brennan said: “For more than 18 months management have prevaricated, stalled and delayed.

“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.”

The union represents 80 per cent of London Underground’s (LU) 2,500 drivers.




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