Strikes by London’s underground drivers over Night Tube dispute

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lance to restart London Undergrounds Night Tube has been hit by a notice of strikes by drivers in a staff dispute.

The Norwegian Railway, Maritime and Transport Association (RMT) said its members will stage a series of departures from later this month where the night service would have to start again after being closed due to the pandemic.

Drivers on the Central, Jubilee Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will stage 24-hour strikes from 26 November and 18 December, with stops on the Central and Victoria lines between these dates.

The introduction of working arrangements that would upset the work-life balance of our members

RMT Secretary-General Mick Lynch said: “No one has worked harder to ensure a safe environment for women on the London Underground than RMT.

“While Tube executives have laid off staff and left stations routinely unmanned, with all the obvious risks, we have relentlessly fought for the front line, the physical presence of visible staff at stations and platforms.

“We are now being reimbursed by introducing working arrangements that would upset the work-life balance of our members.

“All of this could have been avoided if the Tube management had not laid off dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly usable arrangements to reduce staff numbers and costs.

“It simply came to our notice then.

We have met with RMT for a number of months through Acas to try to resolve their issues and we remain open to talking further

“RMT supports the reintroduction of the Night Tube, but we know very well that before its suspension during the pandemic it was a magnet for violence, abuse and antisocial behavior.

“We warned months ago that cutting 200 Night Tube train driver positions would create a staff nightmare, and LU needs to start facing that reality.

“The union is still available for talks.”

Nick Dent, Director of London Underground Customer Operations, said: “We are disappointed that RMT is threatening London with this unnecessary action.

“The positive changes in pipe driver lists have given drivers greater flexibility as well as permanent work and job security, something that all other unions welcome.

“We have been meeting with RMT for a number of months through Acas to try to resolve their issues and we remain open to talking further.”

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