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Strikes on London Underground Next Month after TSSA Rejects Pay Offer

8 April 2019

TSSA members have rejected a pay offer for London Underground staff describing it as "derisory" and "well short of members' aspirations".

The union is warning that as a result a ballot for industrial action is "almost inevitable". 

TSSA says it is prepared to return to the negotiating table provided "substantial improvements" to the offer can be made. The offer from London Underground – rejected unanimously by reps at a meeting this morning (Monday 8th April) - is a one-year deal to increase basic pay by 2.5 per cent RPI (Feb 2019) for all grades from 1st April 2019.

The offer was also made on the basis that the union drops claims relating to meal breaks, maternity and paternity, working hours and annual leave entitlements.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said: "Our negotiations team has been working extremely hard to secure the best possible deal. Sadly, London Underground management have made a derisory offer which falls well short of our members aspirations

"I made it crystal clear to management at talks last week that this offer is nowhere near good enough. Sadly, we are now in dispute with London Underground and an industrial action ballot looks almost inevitable. This means strikes could take place as early as next month.

"Of course, we remain available for further direct talks and are also prepared to go to ACAS, provided there are no pre-conditions and London Underground is able to make a substantial improvement to what's on the table."I very much hope that London Underground sees sense. In the meantime, we will start making preparations for an industrial action ballot.”


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