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Tube strike set to disrupt passengers across London

PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:33 19 June 2015

London Underground staff are not happy over Night Tube conditions (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

London Underground staff are not happy over Night Tube conditions (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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The entire tube network is to shut down for 24 hours after London Underground drivers voted for strike action over pay and the new all-night service.

The strike by Aslef, which represents around 80 per cent of tube drivers, will take place on July 8 from 9.30pm.

It comes after the union rejected a 0.75 per cent pay rise, a £500 bonus and an extra £250 bonus for all workers for the night service.

Members backed industrial action by 97 per cent in a turnout of 81 per cent, but Aslef district organiser Finn Brennan said there was still room for negotiation.

“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,” he said.

“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.

He added: “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.”

Two other unions, Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and TSSA, are also carrying out ballots on strike action on the same day, with results due at the end of the month.

Steve Griffiths, LU’s chief operating officer, said he was still “in the midst” of negotiations.

He added: “We also want to minimise the impact of the Night Tube on our people, and compensate those it will affect most.

“But pay levels for our staff are already fair, and any increase must be sustainable.”


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