London Underground’s failure to give cast iron guarantees over unsocial shift working on all-night Tube services will see over 400 Unite members once again taking strike action unless a breakthrough in talks can be found, it was announced today (Tuesday 11 August).
The members of Britain’s largest union, who work as electrical and maintenance technicians, linesmen and signallers on London’s tube network, are set to walk out for 24 hours from 18:30 on Tuesday 25 August and a further 24 hours from 18:30 on Thursday 27 August.
The move follows further talks between rail unions and London Underground at Acas in which London Underground insists staff are contracted 24/7 to work 35 hours including night working - a point which Unite vehemently opposes.
The latest action will see Unite members joining colleagues from RMT and TSSA in taking industrial action.
Commenting Unite regional officer Hugh Roberts said: “London Underground’s vague assurances over work/life balance and unsocial shifts ring hollow and don’t go far enough in giving our members the security they need to plan their home life over the long-term.
“If not enough people sign up for night shifts what happens then? London Underground has made it clear that people will effectively be forced to work with its insistence that staff are contracted to work 24/7. It is a move that tears up existing contracts and runs contrary to the actions of any reasonable employer wanting to change shift patterns.
“The night Tube can’t be run on the wing and a prayer that enough people will sign up for unsocial shifts. Nor can be it run by ripping up agreed terms of employment.
“London Underground needs to see sense and negotiate a package that meets our members’ concerns.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.