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Tube drivers to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay

Tube drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay for new all-night services.

The union said it has been told that unless drivers agree to rosters which include all-night services on Friday and Saturday nights when they are introduced in September, they will be imposed and no pay offer will be made this year.

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LUL has closed down the negotiations and written to us to say that they intend to go ahead and implement new rosters, with unlimited weekend and night shifts, without agreement. The only discussion they have offered are workshops’ on the fine details of their plan.

Our members are entitled to a family life and to some sort of work/life balance. We aren’t opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.

Sadly, because the company refuses to negotiate seriously, we are left with no other choice than to ballot our members on industrial action.

– Aslef

Around 80% of all London Underground drivers are members of Aslef.

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Drivers on Southern vote to go on strike

Train drivers on one of the country's busiest rail operators have voted to go on strike in a row over pay.

Members of Aslef at Southern backed walkouts by 91% and other forms of industrial action by 95%. The turnout was 85.3%.

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The votes, and the turnout, were both well above a threshold being planned by the Government for union strike ballots.

Aslef said it is meeting the company tomorrow for talks to try to resolve the dispute.

We are of course very disappointed that Aslef has rejected our above inflation pay offer. We will be continuing discussions with union representatives with the aim of finding a resolution and avoiding action that will affect our passengers.

– Southern statement

Southern services were disrupted today after a signal problem at Haywards Heath in West Sussex led to hold-ups of up to one hour between London and the Sussex coast.

A number of trains were cancelled, with passengers packing into the trains that were still running.

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