Three ‘night tube’ strikes suspended by Unite
PUBLISHED: 10:48 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 18 January 2016
Action planned for January 26 and February 15 and 17 has been put on hold so talks can continue
Three planned days of strike action over London Underground’s ‘night tube’ have been suspended so that further talks can take place.
Unite confirmed today that the 24 hour strikes planned for January 26 and February 15 and 17 have been put on hold as the union tries to tackle the long-running dispute over pay and threats to a healthy work/life balance of its members.
Unite national officer for rail Hugh Roberts said: “Unite is suspending its three days of strike action this month and in February over pay and night working on the London Underground.
“This is to allow for further talks with the conciliation service, Acas on these issues. We will approach these talks in a constructive fashion and urge LUL management to do the same.
“The strikes have been suspended but the strikes will be back on, if insufficient progress is made. We urge LUL management to make every effort to settle this long-running dispute and not engage in foot-dragging, just because we have suspended this action.
“The sticking points are an inadequate four-year pay offer and a failure to agree over the implementation of the ‘night tube.’
“Unite sees the benefits of London’s vibrant nocturnal economy, but it should not be at the expense of our members.”
Last month, Unite London Underground reps unanimously rejected an offer of a four-year pay deal from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019.