Tram drivers’ union suspend strike action after ‘improved offer’

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has announced this afternoon that is suspending its planned strike action on the tram network after receiving a “much improved offer” from employers FirstGroup.

Trams at East CroydonUnion officials speaking to Inside Croydon indicated that they will be putting the revised offer to their drivers on Monday.

The two-day strike was due to be held on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

The union announced the strike on June 6 after members of ASLEF had voted 100 per cent in favour of industrial action over what they call “the failure of FirstGroup to make an acceptable pay offer”.

There was a 82 per cent turn-out on the union’s ballot, well above the levels demanded of the Tory Government’s latest legislation to reduce workers’ rights to withdraw their labour.

Multi-national transport firm FirstGroup operates the south London trams service under a concession with Transport for London.

Last year, FirstGroup cut pension benefits for their staff. Drivers are now having to pay up to £120 per month more out of their salaries into their pension fund, which is much more than the pay rise which the employers offered originally.

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