August Tube strike will go ahead
Union leaders said that the planned Tube strike will go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday 5th August), with services shut down for 24 hours.
Aslef said that the latest contracts offered by London Underground was rejected, with its members walking out from 9.30pm.
Aslef officer Finn Brennan said: "We genuinely regret the disruption this will cause, but the blame for this must rest with the pig-headed determination of the mayor to insist on a September 12 launch of night Tube instead of allowing more time for a negotiated settlement to be reached."
"The main concern is the complete lack of firm commitments on work life balance for train drivers. Our members want guarantees on the number of weekend rest days they will have under both the interim and long term arrangements for night Tube. Vague phrases like "will seek to mitigate" and "will explore" are simply unconvincing."
Members of other unions are due to strike from 6.30pm on Wednesday, which means carnage at rush hour. Again, here's the Bitterwallet guide to getting around London during a Tube strike, so you can at least try and make alternative plans.
The buses, DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail aren't on strike, but as you can imagine, they're going to be much, much busier than usual. There'll be extra river services put on too.
The RMT aren't happy with the latest offer, saying that reps were 'furious' when they looked at the deal. General secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members have made it clear that the latest offer from London Underground is merely a rehash of the previous package and does nothing to tackle the core issue which revolves around staff being at the beck and call of management to be hauled in during their free time to try and plug the staffing gaps which riddle the mayor's night Tube vanity project."
"The night Tube plan has been botched from the off. The basics haven't been done and those who will pay for this shambles will not only be our members but the London daily travelling public who cough up a fortune and who will find their safety and the reliability of the service compromised from September 12 onwards."