Tube drivers call off April and May strikes

Strikes on London Underground called off

Planned strikes by Tube drivers in April and May have been called off. Tube drivers were are members of the Aslef union were due to walk out on Monday 8 April and Saturday 4 May over the proposed changes to working practices which they say would have had detrimental effects.

The union announced this afternoon (Thursday 4 April) that after a series of meetings involving the conciliation service Acas, its negotiating team has received a proposal that resolves the key issues in the dispute.

An official said: “Management have confirmed that they have disbanded their ‘Trains Modernisation’ team and will not be implementing their plans to change drivers’ working arrangements without agreement.

“They have also agreed to reinstate annual refresher training stopped during the pandemic.”

Prior to the Acas talks, members of Aslef working for London Underground had voted by more than 98 per cent in favour of strike action on a turnout of over 70 per cent.

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s London district organiser for London Underground, said: “I’m very pleased. It’s always better to deal with issues through talking and discussion.”

Image above: South Western train at Chiswick Station

Strikes on National Rail lines to go ahead

Strikes planned by Aslef drivers on National Rail services will still go ahead. South Western Railway has warned commuters in west London to plan accordingly.

The strikes, part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, will take place on 4 April – 6 April and 8 – 9 April and will mean service changes across the entire SWR network.

There will be no service at all on the Hounslow Loop line on Monday 8 April, meaning that stations including Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, Syon Lane and Isleworth will be closed.

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The industrial action affecting South Western Railway also affects other rail companies on different days:

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