The Tube Strike Is Off

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 29 months ago
The Tube Strike Is Off
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It's confirmed: the 24 hour tube strike that was planned to start on Tuesday evening is off, following talks between London Underground (LU) and the unions at ACAS. Unite, ASLEF and TSSA all confirmed last week they'd suspend strike action, and the RMT has decided the same thing today.

Long-running disputes over the Night Tube and pay have seen a series of strikes over the last several months. However, LU has put forward a new offer and the unions are happy to use this as a basis for more talks. Note that the strikes aren't permanently cancelled, just suspended; if talks break down again, the unions still have a mandate from members to walk out.

The details of the new deal are:

  • £500 to be paid when the Night Tube launches, in addition to £500 for station staff when the Fit For The Future programme, which involves closing ticket offices, is finalised.
  • LU to recruit part-time drivers for the Night Tube with the same, pro-rata benefits and salary as other drivers.
  • LU to recuit 700 new part-time staff for the Night Tube e.g. customer services staff.
  • A pay rise for 2018-19 of inflation+0.25% or 1%, whichever is greater.

The Evening Standard recently made much of a four day working week, but this isn't a new offer and would involve staff working their full contracted hours over those four days. You can see more information on the full offer on the RMT's website.

The Night Tube will — eventually — mean the Jubilee, Victoria and parts of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines running all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Finn Brennan of ASLEF said

The determination of our members brought London Underground management back to the table. We have dragged them kicking and screaming into the 21st century with an agreement to deliver modern, flexible working patterns for our members and an above inflation pay rise. This demonstrates just what strong, progressive trade unions can deliver in Britain today.

Last Updated 25 January 2016

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now all we have to do is drag the unions kicking and screaming into the 21st century...


Over the last couple of weekends we've had the Lumiere Festival and the London Walks weekend (actually sponsored by TfL). So they closed the Jubilee Line for both. Great thinking, guys. And yet somehow that sort of thing goes unnoticed in the media, while a threat of a strike gets all London apoplectic. It doesn't make much difference to me exactly who is stopping me catching a train.

Peter Cummings

You might think, would you not, that a programme called Fit For The Future, and a total lack of ticket offices, might be a contradiction in terms. Still hard to believe they've got away with it without any climbdown.


Wow, really ?

I object to a 1970's mentality closed shop monopoly dictating it's terms and conditions holding ordinary working people in contempt if t doesn't get its way.

Open up the job market, make advancement due to a meritocracy and we will see how much a tube driver is REALLY worth.

But of course they won't. Because they know they have a well paid cushy job for life - and God forbid they have to move with the times like everyone else.

The sooner the whole thing gets automated the better. After all if they can do it on the DLR they can start on one line then expand it across the network

How much less disruption will there be once that is complete, how much money will tfl save and how much better the service would be.

London is let down by its transport system and transport unions. we have a 21st century city let down by 1970's style dinosaurs.