Tube strikes planned for weekend evenings for six months

Tube strikes are likely on weekend evenings for the next six months, beginning on Friday 7 January.

Members of the RMT union are striking over plans for all drivers to put on the rota to work overnight shifts to fulfil Transport for London’s promise to reintroduce the night tube service. They are threatening a programme of strikes to run until June.

Victoria and Central lines could be severely disrupted from 7pm onwards on Fridays and Saturdays until 19 June. TfL is advising customers to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required. Night services on London Overground will run as planned on Friday and Saturday nights between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate.

Transport for London (TfL) says it is urging the RMT to join it for talks “as TfL seeks to try and avoid this unnecessary action and resolve this dispute.”

The RMT says TfL has “ripped up” an agreement on staffing the night service and the new rosters would “wreck the work life balance of drivers.”

They say “We remain available for further talks.”

The union has made it clear that the mandate extends to other lines, not just to the Victoria and Central lines and that they will consider broadening the action if London Underground fail to respond.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

“If London Underground and the Mayor thought this fight for progressive and family friendly working practices was going away they need to think again.

“Our members have been reballoted and have delivered a solid mandate for action ‎and its the failure of LU and Sadiq Khan to address the grievances at the heart of the dispute that leaves us no option but to confirm the programme of action today.

“RMT has repeatedly put forward cost neutral proposals that would repair the damage unleashed by deleting 200 driver posts and which would dig LU out of this mess. They have ignored us and that approach will have severe consequences for Londoners in the New Year.

In defence of the new night rosters, TfL say:

“This strike action has been called despite the new rosters including assurances that there will be no job cuts, providing certainty and the option of permanent work for those on part-time contracts, and only scheduling up to four night shift weekends per year. Where preferred, these night shifts can be swapped with colleagues for duties at other times of day.”

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