ASLEF members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in an industrial dispute with the company. In a ballot conducted by Electoral Reform Services drivers were asked two questions:
Are you prepared to take part in a strike? Yes: 88.4% No: 11.6% Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? Yes: 93.5% No: 6.5%
Turnout was 53.1%
ASLEF’s executive committee, meeting today, has called a 24 hour strike on Thursday 5 October.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on London Underground, said: ‘ASLEF members have voted by an 88% margin to take strike action in our dispute over the failure of LU to deliver on the commitments they made to improve work life balance as part of the 2015 pay settlement.
‘As part of the settlement of the dispute over the introduction of Night Tube, LU agreed to introduce a mechanism to allow drivers to reduce the number of shifts they work, on a pro-rata basis, and “new ways of working” to reduce the percentage of weekend shifts worked by July this year. They have repeatedly refused to make any detailed proposals to do so.
Post by aslefshrugged on Sept 28, 2017 17:34:05 GMT
On Facebook by Finn Brennan
Yesterday (Wed Sept 27th) your ASLEF Trains Council Reps, Executive Committee member Terry Wilkinson and I, again met with senior London Underground management at talks arranged by ACAS.
We spoke in detail about the four key issues in dispute; reducing weekend working; giving drivers the option to reduce the numbers of shifts you work on a pro-rata basis; the option of four-day week rosters for those who want to volunteer for them; and improving career development and promotional opportunities.
We expect management to now formally respond on all these points and will meet again on Monday morning.
Just as important as the individual items is the principle that that an employer cannot be allowed to walk away from commitments made as part of a pay settlement. If we were to allow that to happen, then all our agreements and working conditions would be put at risk.
That is why your elected Executive Committee has called strike action for duties booking on between 00:01 and 23:59 on Thursday October 5th. ASLEF picket lines will be in place at all train crew depots and all members are encouraged to take part.
As you would expect, your negotiating team will keep working hard to try to find a settlement that avoids the necessity of a strike, but we know that train drivers across the combine will stand firm and united to protect the interests of our grade and our future working conditions if we have to do so.
We will send out further updates as soon as there is anything new to report.
Post by aslefshrugged on Sept 30, 2017 16:52:50 GMT
Despite ASLEF's hopeful suggestions that the strike may be averted it doesn't seem as if LU's management share their optimism. Today posters went up at stations and recorded PAs could be heard warning about the disruption on Thursday.
Is there really any point in going to ACAS on Monday if management have already decided that the strike is going ahead?
I think people deserve a warning, even it the strike is only a possibility. After all, you wouldn't hide a storm warning until you were absolutely sure.
Eh? It's been in the media, on social media, there is a TfL press release and there is a direct link to more info from the home page on the TfL website which is what most people will use. Can't comment about info in stations as I've not been in a tube station for a while. I dare say, if talks fail today, that the TfL social media machine plus other media outlets will go into hyperdrive to warn people.
Assuming the strike is widespread it is going to be interesting, for non travelling observers, to see how TfL's recent and ongoing programme of cuts to bus services (esp in Zone 1) affects people's ability to get around. Even if TfL harness the customary 100-120 extra hired in buses they won't cope. For example nearly 40% of capacity has been taken out of the Liverpool St - Bank - St Pauls - Fleet St - Aldwych corridor recently. Even allowing for people who will walk that is a massive cut in transport capacity. Similar issues exist on routes out of Victoria - a lot of capacity taken out of there towards Oxford St. All understandable given slow bus speeds and a better Vic Line service but no damn good otherwise . I wonder if people will twig what's happened?
 and no, before I'm taken to task, I am not saying you should just keep buses running in case of a tube strike. My concerns about bus cuts go far wider than that.