Night Tube restart hit by drivers’ strike

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Plans to restart Night Tube service in London on Saturday evening have been disrupted by strike action.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) will walk the Victoria and Central Line at 8.30 pm in an ongoing dispute over working hours for drivers.

Saturday’s strike will last eight hours, creating problems for plans to restart Night Tube service later this week.

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Services were closed on Friday after drivers began a 24-hour strike in response to plans to add additional night and weekend working hours.

The 24-hour strike was launched by drivers on Friday (26 November) in response to the planned proposal

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The 24-hour strike was launched by drivers on Friday (26 November) in response to the planned proposal

The controversy comes after allegations that Transport for London (TfL) had “ripped” a deal reached in 2016 that said drivers could choose to work on night services.

TfL says no jobs will be lost as a result of the change, and drivers will work around four Night Tube weekends each year.

Mike Lynch, secretary general of RMT, said: “The widespread impact on services is entirely due to management’s failure to recognize and address its employees’ anger at implementing harmful and unacceptable work practices.”

“This action would have been completely avoidable if the owners of the LU (London Underground) had not attempted to bulldoze through the system eliminating the Night Tube driver grade, lumping everyone into a central pool where they Your desire in the drive to cut costs could have been separated.”

“Our members have spoken and it is time for the London Underground to start listening.”

“The mayor and his officers need to recognize our determination to protect progressive and family-friendly work practices. We are available for talks.”

Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “I am deeply sorry for the inconvenience this strike action has caused. We understand that our customers will be disappointed by RMT’s strike action, which aims to cause maximum disruption in London. there is time.”

“This action is the last thing London needs as it recovers from the pandemic, which is why we have done everything possible to roll back this action.”

“We expect to operate a reduced service on the Central and Victoria lines tonight and on December 3-5, December 10-12 and December 17-18. Customers are advised to check before travelling And use buses to complete your journey where necessary.

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