Monday 26 September 2016

All-night Tube talks break up without agreement

Alan Jones

Published 14/10/2015 | 13:59

The 24-hour service was originally due to start last month
The 24-hour service was originally due to start last month

Talks over an all-night Tube in London have broken up without agreement and the new service will not come in this year, according to union sources.

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The 24-hour service was originally due to start last month but was delayed while lengthy talks were held over pay and conditions.

Another meeting was held today but failed to break the deadlock.

Finn Brennan, of the train drivers' union Aslef, said: "We have made it clear to London Underground that we want to keep talking and develop a solution that delivers night Tube while protecting and improving work life balance for our members.

"We have put forward a number of proposals to resolve this dispute in a way that is fair and benefits both sides.

"London Underground have rejected them all. Most disappointingly of all they have decided to blackmail their own employees by refusing to make a pay offer unless staff agree to worsen their working conditions.

"That is not something we are prepared to accept. Underground management have completely mishandled these negotiations. They have wasted every opportunity for a settlement and seem to have been determined to provoke confrontation rather than resolution."

London's Mayor Boris Johnson has said he was "relaxed" about a start date for the new service as long as it was before the end of autumn.

Union sources said that date will now definitely be missed.

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