Search

Tube strike affects services throughout Islington

PUBLISHED: 20:14 05 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:28 11 September 2015

Underground services across London have been suspended this evening as workers walk out for a second time in a dispute over plans for the night Tube.

Trains stopped running at about 6.30pm this evening and will not resume again until Friday morning.

The evening rush hour in the capital started early as workers tried to get home before the strike closed the city’s entire Tube system.

Members of four unions are taking industrial action for the second time in a month because of a deadlocked dispute over plans to launch a new all-night service next month.

Extra buses will be laid on, but commuters and tourists face huge disruption and London’s roads could be gridlocked if people switch to cars.

London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, made it clear no more money will be offered to resolve the row over pay and conditions, urging unions to put the latest “incredibly generous” offer to their members.

Speaking after a visit to military veterans at the Royal Hospital he repeated his refusal to meet union leaders, and said he was “not fussed” about the new service starting on time on September 12.

“I want it starting in the autumn – what I am fussed about is the offer being put to union members.

“I am not going to authorise any more money. Most people would recognise that this is a very generous deal.”

The row escalated today when the RMT union announced it will now ballot engineers working for Tube lines for strikes over the same dispute, and Aslef accused London Underground of “forcing through” new staff rosters for the night Tube without consultation

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “Our members have rejected the latest offer from the company because they are forcing through new rosters without agreement and offer no firm commitments on work life balance for train drivers.

“We support night Tube. London needs it. We remain prepared to talk at any time to try to find common ground but by forcing these new rosters on train drivers and acting outside of our agreed way of working senior management are making it even harder to resolve this dispute.

“The Aslef executive committee meets next week and will discuss our response to these developments.”

RMT leader Mick Cash said: “The offer tabled by London Underground is just a rehash of an earlier package and does nothing to tackle the fundamental issue of our members being called into work at the beck and call of management to plug staffing gaps in the Mayor’s botched night Tube plans.

“This dispute is not about money, it’s about being able to plan for and enjoy some downtime with friends and family away from work. The current plans wreck that and the unilateral issuing of the new rosters has simply inflamed the situation.”

He said the RMT had consulted its network of elected representatives who had universally rejected the latest offer.”

Steve Griffiths, LU’s chief operating officer, said: “We have made every effort to reach agreement with the unions and avoid this unnecessary strike action. On the table is an extremely fair offer.

“We have employed 137 new drivers and 345 new station staff for the night Tube service. We’ve made work-life balance guarantees that no-one will work extra hours and that drivers will have the same number of weekends off as now and will be able to choose whether they work night Tube shifts in future.

“Our staff and contractors on our other transport services will step-up once again to support London’s workers, residents and visitors get around during the strike. I thank customers for their patience as they make their journeys this evening and tomorrow.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

40 minutes ago

Islington Council has appointed a top family lawyer to begin its probe into a former mayor’s alleged links to a pro-paedophile group.

A man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack “decided to take matters into his own hands” after growing angry at a rise in terrorism and the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, a court heard today.

10:53

A Clerkenwell pub is set to reopen as a fine dining restaurant selling pigs’ ear crisps, snail skewers and grilled duck hearts.

14:42

Hundreds of people celebrated the opening of a new community centre, as well as 23 new council homes, in Crouch Hill on Saturday.

10:54

Each week, we profile a company doing business here in Islington. This week, we step inside Clerkenwell Road’s International Magic Shop, where fortunately no one saws us in half.

09:27

Labour rebels accused colleagues of abandoning the party’s traditional supporters on Islington’s council estates, after they pushed through a £6 a week rent increase.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Emirates stadium was flooded with hundreds of tech-savvy students yesterday as Islington celebrated its computer-focused curriculum.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A visit from Arsenal Women’s skipper Alex Scott and BBC presenter Gabby Logan to Ashmount Primary School saw students making their screen debuts.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“With teenagers there’s a lot of banter, and you can really establish a relationship. You have to trust teenagers to make their own decisions.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now