Tube drivers’ union RMT to recommend a Night Tube Service
The London Underground Night Tube service was supposed to come on stream in September of last year, but agreement could not be reached between London Underground chiefs and the unions. The planned night service was due to take place, initially at least, on Fridays and Saturdays, on five lines, Jubilee, Victoria, Central, Northern and Piccadilly.
The latest news is that one union, the Rail Maritime and Transport executive (RMT), has decided to recommend that the members accept a pay and conditions deal for the Night Tube service. The proposed deal includes a 2% pay rise in year one, RPI inflation or 1% (whichever is greater) in years two and three, and RPI plus 0.25% or 1% (whichever is greater) in year four, plus a £500 bonus for staff on lines where the night Tube will run. The 10,000 members of this union will begin the vote 11 February.
However, it is not a done deal even if the RMT members accept the offer, the drivers’ union ASLEF and the station staff union TSSA have yet to accept, although it is widely believed that the drivers’ union are going to agree. There is one other union involved in the negotiations, UNITE, they represent engineering staff on the network and they have turned down the offer demanding further talks.
There is however, still a strike planned for this weekend over the issue of job losses and the RMT are still in talks with London Underground over this.