Tube strike action over pay to go ahead

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Commuters in London this week have been told to expect “considerable” disruption to service during a 24 hour strike over pay.

The walk out, which will begin at 18:30 on Wednesday, will include members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite, following disputes surrounding job changes with the introduction of the night Tube from September.

TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said:

“Trade unions clearly support extending the London Underground and recognise how important the service is to the economy and to the travelling public.

“However, it is vital that London Underground recognises that any significant change to working hours should be the subject of proper negotiation and agreement. Anyone who was told by their boss they would have to start working all through the night would expect that to be agreed and not imposed.”

This week, unions rejected a pay offer from London Underground (LU) for a 2 percent pay rise for all Tube staff and a £2,000 transition bonus for drivers working overnight on the night Tube service.

The strike follows five months negotiation for “fair compensation”. Unions claim that night working will affect work/life balance as well as being linked with poor health.

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