Londoner’s came a step closer to 24 hour tube services today, as Rail and Underground union, RMT, announced that its members had accepted TfL’s most recent contract offer.
With 84% of members voting in favour, RMT has called the outcome “overwhelming.”
In an official statement, Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary paid tribute to staff “across London Underground who have stood rock solid throughout the long campaign of industrial pressure to secure a fair deal from the company over pay and night tube operation.”
Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I’m pleased that RMT members have voted to accept our offer.”
He continued to describe the deal as: “a fair and affordable pay deal, which includes complete protection of employee work/life balance,” adding that TfL are “seeking agreement with the other unions and continue to focus on the recruitment and training of part-time drivers to deliver the Night Tube for London as quickly as possible.”
“The Night Tube will,” Mr Griffiths said: “revolutionise night-time travel, with journey times cut by an average of 20 minutes, and some cut by more than an hour. London’s night-time economy will be opened up to a host of new opportunities, with the Night Tube supporting around 2,000 permanent jobs and boosting the economy by £360 million.”
Transport union ASLEF is due to ballot members on Monday 7 March when they will “recommend the deal.”
However, other unions, TSSA and Unite, have not yet put the offer to their members.
Night tube services will operate on the Jubilee, Victoria, Central, Piccadilly, and Northern Lines.
There are also plans to extend the “night time service to parts of the Metropolitan, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines once [TfL] modernisation programmes are complete.”
The new pay deal will include a 1% pay rise, which will be backdated to April 2015, with an additional “£500 consolidated increase for all pay grades.”
To cap off the deal and ensure the swift launch of Night tube services for the capital, staff will also receive a “£500 non-consolidated payment to all operational staff upon the successful launch of Night Tube.”