London TfL Tube strikes 2023: Aslef drivers vote for further six months of industrial action
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London Underground drivers have voted to continue strike action during another six months, as part of an ongoing dispute over jobs, cuts and pensions.
Members of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, were re-balloted to continue their mandate for industrial action in accordance with employment law.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “The results of these new ballots show the determination of our members to win this dispute.
“That’s why I am calling on the train companies, and the Government that stands behind them, to do the right thing and return to the negotiating table with a new offer and prevent more disruption to passengers and businesses in Britain.”
Aslef members at Chiltern, East Midlands, Northern and TransPennine voted in favour of continuing with strikes, renewing their mandate for strike action for another six months.
Drivers at c2c were balloted for the first time and also voted heavily in favour.
Drivers at freight operating company Direct Rail Services also voted in favour of industrial action in a separate dispute over pay.
London Underground drivers backed industrial action in a reballot in another dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.
Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: ‘These huge votes, from the high 90s to 100%, in favour of action, demonstrate just how determined our members are to protect their terms and conditions at work from the effects of the government’s attack on TfL funding.
‘As always, we are prepared to discuss and negotiate, but we will never accept detrimental changes being imposed on ASLEF members.’
LondonWorld has contacted Transport for London (TfL) for comment.
In May, RMT members working on the London Underground voted in favour of a further six months of industrial action.
London Underground workers from the RMT, Aslef and Unite unions had planned strike action for the last week of July, but this was cancelled due to progress in talks with TfL.