THE BLOG

Message to London re Today's Tube Strike

05/08/2015 12:03 BST | Updated 05/08/2016 10:59 BST

I am sorry that your journeys this evening and tomorrow will again be disrupted by the unions.

We listened to their concerns over work-life balance and put forward an extremely fair revised offer:

· An above-inflation average 2% salary increase this year and an inflation proof rise in 2016 and 2017.

· Staff on Night Tube lines or stations will be paid £500 once the service is introduced on 12 September.

· Station staff will receive a £500 bonus in February 2016 for the successful completion of the modernisation of customer service, currently being carried out.

· Drivers, who already work shifts covering 24 hours, will receive an extra £200 per Night Tube shift during a short transition period, after which they will have the choice whether or not to work Night Tube shifts.

Drivers will have the same number of weekends off as now and no one will be asked to work more hours than they do today. Everybody will remain entitled to two days off in seven. Annual leave will remain at 43 days for a train driver and 52 days for station staff.

The unions rejected this fair offer outright and instead demanded more money, the hiring of even more staff - including for ticket offices that customers no longer use - and a 32 hour, four day week. No employer can afford to meet those sorts of demands.

We continue to urge them to call off the strike, put the new offer to their members and not subject Londoners to further unnecessary disruption. We remain available for talks at any time.

If the strike goes ahead, please complete your journeys on the Tube by 18:30 tonight.

There will be no Tube service on Thursday 6 August.

Please check at tfl.gov.uk/tube-strike