Improved pay offer on table at tube

London Underground has improved its pay offer to Tube
drivers in a bid to avert two 48-hour strikes starting next week.

The offer comprises a rise of 1.7 per cent from April and a
further productivity-based increase of 2.7 per cent from October.

This follows union demands to close the £1,600 pay gap
between drivers of passenger and engineering trains.

The new offer was tabled at talks between LU and leaders of
Aslef and the Rail Maritime and Transport union.

Thousands of Tube drivers are due to stage 48-hour walkouts
next Tuesday and again from March 26.

The 1.7 per cent rise has no strings attached, but the 2.7
per cent rise, up 1 per cent from the original offer, is dependent on
productivity improvements  and includes
the introduction of flexibility on rotas.

By Paul Nelson

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