It’s certainly been an interesting week, I’ve heard some of my colleagues saying that no one wants to work Night Tube but I’ve had others saying that if their depot doesn’t get Night Tube they’ll put in a transfer to one that does. I’ve heard fellow ASLEF members saying that we should all go on strike next week along with RMT members saying that the strike should be called off. To say that opinion is mixed would certainly be an understatement.
Meanwhile at ACAS ASLEF and RMT reps have put forward a joint position to management on the Train side with more talks today but RMT say while there has been progress they will not call off the strike until an acceptable offer has been made to Engineering, Fleet, Service Control and Stations. For myself I think the strike is unnecessary, management are retreating while the overtime ban in the depots is leading to trains being cancelled or developing faults while in service and having to be withdrawn.
Yesterday I was covering for HAI who have loads of people out sick, my first half started in the depot where the only train available was the one being used for ATOR. On the second half they had to renumber a train that was about to go out of service at RUG to make up the second to last EPP train. I've even heard an IOp complaining that one day both their trains were cancelled so they had to check around to see who they could take off in order to get some training done.
Night Tube has been shelved and if it happens it probably won’t be until next year, February or March have both been rumoured. We’ve shown management what we can do if they push this issue, the strikes did their job, we don’t need to emphasise the point.