Tube drivers vote for strike over 24-hour weekend service


Unions argue service will force drivers to work at anti-social hours for no extra pay

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Can Lewis do it instead then? Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton inspecting the controls of a Tube train in London, 2011. Image Rex/Shutterstock

Tube drivers have voted to decide whether strike action should go ahead amid a growing row over pay and conditions for drivers when a limited 24-hour weekend service begins in September.

Unions say drivers will be expected to work more weekend and night shifts for no extra pay.

According to the Standard, one union source said the ballot is highly likely to mean industrial action will go ahead.

The strike could damage the launch of the long-awaited extended Underground Service.

The Aslef union, of which the majority of London’s 3,500 Tube drivers are members, will announce the results of the ballot tomorrow.

An Aslef spokesman said: “We expect a substantial yes vote.

“The new rosters would mean a huge increase in the number of weekend and night shifts each driver is expected to work.

“As drivers are paid on a salary basis they receive no shift enhancements or overtime payments for the additional shifts in anti-social hours they will have to work.”

Meanwhile the RMT union, which also has a large London Underground membership, said it had too begun a ballot yesterday, and said it expects a vote for industrial action to be the outcome.

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