Tube strike set to go ahead with no breakthrough in talks

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Tube Strike is expected to cause severe network disruption in the queue when Night Tube restarts

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The Ommuters are set for serious disruption in the tube network as the planned strikes draw to a close, with no success in negotiations with union leaders.

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As Night Tube reopens, RMT union members are set to begin a series of 24-hour walkouts on Friday.

Tube drivers on the Victoria, Central, Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines will be left out of the staff rota change being used to restart Night Tube.

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With only two days to go until the planned strikes, a TfL source said that “not a significant amount has developed” since the industrial action was announced, but that TfL “remains open to dialogue” with the RMT. .

The union had planned two similar attacks during the summer on the same issue, which were eventually called off after “last-ditch” talks with TfL.

Although RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has stated that the union also “remains open to dialogue”, he added that the tube owners have “refused point blank to consider serious complaints at the center of the controversy”.

London’s transport network could face further disruption during the festive period as another union – ASLEF – has said its members will strike over changes to TfL’s pension plans.

As a condition of the funding deal agreed with the government over the summer, TfL is required to review its pension plans.

ASLEF’s Tube organizer Finn Brennan has stated that there will be “hard work and sustained industrial action at the London Underground” if the changes are forced through, although no date has been confirmed.

Sir Brendan Barber, former Secretary General of TUC and current head of ACAS, has been appointed to lead a “truly independent” review of TfL’s pensions.

TfL commissioner Andy Byford has stressed that the review has “no predetermined outcome” and added that “we will report back in due course”.

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