London Underground has revealed the pay and conditions package over the implementation of the Night Tube that the rail unions have rejected.
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The Tube will come to a halt on Wednesday evening (August 5) and stayed closed for the whole of Thursday (August 6) as part of the dispute.
Four unions – the RMT, TSSA, Aslef and Unite – collectively rejected the deal and said they were angry that new rosters included the September 12 launch date before the issues were resolved.
LU added no new money to the deal but attempted to “re-shape” the work-life balance including up to 52 days of annual leave. The unions want more money and more flexibility including, LU says, a 32-hour, four day week.
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Chief operating officer, London Underground Steve Griffiths said: “We put forward an extremely fair revised offer, which addresses their concerns over work-life balance and rewards our people for the hard work they do in keeping London working and growing.
“Despite this, the new offer has been rejected outright by the union leadership, again without consulting their members. We continue to urge them to put the new offer to their members and not subject Londoners to further unnecessary disruption. We remain available for talks at any time.”
LU says the new offer is:
• An average 2% salary increase this year, and 1% or inflation (whatever is higher) for 2016 and 2017.
• All staff on Night Tube lines or at stations serving them will be awarded £500 once the Night Tube is introduced on 12 September 12.
• Drivers to receive an extra £200 per Night Tube shift worked during the period Night Tube is introduced.
• Assurances that drivers will have off the same number of weekends as they receive now.
• No-one will be asked to work more hours than they do today to run the Night Tube. After a short transitional period while the service is introduced, drivers will have the choice as to whether they work nights or not.
• Everybody will remain entitled to two days off in seven.
• Rest and time off between shifts will always be in line with, or better than, statutory guidelines.
• Annual leave for staff will remain significantly above the national average – 43 days for a train operator, 52 days for a member of our station staff.
• Drivers on the Night Tube lines will have the option whether to choose to work the Night Tube shifts or not over the next year.
• An above-inflation pay rise this year and guaranteed rises for the next two years, as well as a Night Tube bonus.