London Underground drivers to strike at end of July in dispute over pensions and working conditions

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The strike action will take place on July 26 and 28 Credit: ITV News

London Underground drivers will strike on July 26 and 28 in a dispute over pensions and working conditions, their union Aslef announced.

RMT train workers are scheduled to take action at the same time.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s full-time organiser on London Underground, said: "We take action only when needed. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have shown that London Underground management is determined to try to push through detrimental changes – despite trade union opposition – if they think they can get away with it.

"They have already announced that they intend to start training managers in August on a new attendance procedure, and will implement it from January, ignoring the current agreed procedure.

"This new procedure would mean no right to representation or appeal at stage one of the disciplinary process and the length of all warnings would be doubled from 26 to 52 weeks.

"All sickness longer than one week would be regarded as 'long term' meaning that a manager can send a driver to redeployment without any further meeting.

"After just six weeks in deployment, a driver can be, as they put it, 'terminated'.

"Management also wants to force through their plans for what they call 'trains modernisation'.

"They want unrestricted remote booking on and off, driving shifts up to 10 hours long, 'flexible cover' weeks in every roster, and fixed links to be scrapped.

"That would make it impossible for Tube train drivers to organise their lives outside work or to have an effective change-over system.

"Their aim is an entirely flexible workforce with all existing agreements replaced – allowing them to cut hundreds more jobs and forcing those of us who remain to work harder for longer.

"To protect our pensions, working conditions, and agreements, our members are ready to act. 

"Management needs to realise that we will not just allow them to use the pandemic and government funding agreements to undermine everything we have achieved in the past."

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