Train drivers on the London Underground look set to strike in the dispute over pay and conditions for the Night Tube service. Aslef, the union that represents Tube drivers, says it expects to call for a three 24-hour strikes after a meeting on 11 January.
If the executive agrees with calls for the strikes, there will be a 24-hour strike from 9.14pm on 27 January, followed by two further 24-hour strikes from the same time on 15 February and 17 February, according to Sky News.
London Underground said it will recruit part-time drivers to work on the night service, and has offered a four-year pay deal. But unions have been seeking assurances about pay and conditions for its members.
Finn Brennan, a senior negotiator for Aslef, said: "There is still no indication when they [drivers] will receive the pay rise that was due last April. We want to see an all-night service introduced, and we are not opposed to the recruitment of part-time staff. But we will not accept a zero-hours culture being introduced and working conditions undermined. Aslef wants a fair deal for existing staff and for new employees."
The Night Tube service was due to start in September 2015 but has been delayed amid rows between Tube bosses and Aslef.
A London Underground branded the strike plans "absurd".
"We have held numerous meetings with the Unions since October 2014, including meetings held at our instigation with the conciliation service ACAS. We continue to offer to work with the trade union leadership to reach a realistic and affordable resolution to this dispute to deliver the Night Tube for customers and a fair and sustainable pay settlement for our staff," said the statement.