A further three 24 hour strikes have been called by ASLEF over the continuing dispute over pay on London Tramlink. The latest dates announced are due to be on 1st, 9th and 23rd May and follow on from a previous strike on 28th March.
As we have reported previously the dispute is over the three year pay offer of 3.2% each year which ASLEF consider to still keep Tramlink drivers well under the pay structure for drivers in other TfL modes. The offer was made following discussions earlier this year and according to the union Tram Operations Limited have refused to discuss this any further saying that the offer on the table is the only one they will be contemplating. First Group – operators of Tramlink through TOL – have made no public comments whether this is the case.
The latest strikes will take place on Wednesday 1st, Thursday 9th and Thursday 23rd May and although it is far too early to say what sort of service may operate if they go-ahead it is likely to be similar to last time when a service ran between Wimbledon and East Croydon plus a couple of early morning trips to New Addington.
ASLEF have said in their latest statement that they remain open for talks and if no agreement is reached there will be further strikes to follow.