Tube strike: What is it about and what lines will be affected tomorrow?

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Commuters may face difficulties in traveling after the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) announced several strikes for tomorrow.

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Transport chiefs warned of “significantly reduced service” on the Victoria, North, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines from Friday morning.

What date is the strike planned?

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RMT, which has more than 80,000 members, is set to begin a 24-hour walkout on five tube lines from 4.30 a.m. on Friday, November 26.

They will also strike on the Central and Victoria Lines from 8.30 pm to 4.30 pm every Saturday and Sunday from this weekend until December 18.

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As a result, TfL has warned that these lines may face severe disruption from 7 pm onwards each weekend.

  • 4.30am Nov 26 – 4.29am Nov 27 (Central, Jubilee, North, Piccadilly & Victoria)
  • 8.30am Nov 27 – 4.29am Nov 28 (Central and Victoria)
  • 8.30am December 3rd – 4.29am December 4th (Central and Victoria)
  • 8.30am December 4th – 4.29am December 5th (Central and Victoria)
  • 8.30am December 10 – 4.29am December 11th (Central and Victoria)
  • 8.30am December 11th – 4.29am December 12th (Central and Victoria)
  • 8.30am December 17th – 4.29am December 18th (Central and Victoria)
  • 4.30am Dec 18 – 4.29am Dec 19 (Central, Jubilee, North, Piccadilly and Victoria)

Why is RMT striking?

TfL recently announced that London’s round-the-clock Night Tube service is set to resume on the Victoria and Central lines from 27 November.

The East–West Central Line and the North–South Victoria Lines were scheduled to operate overnight on Fridays and Saturdays each week.

RMT says the rota change has resulted in “unacceptable and unbearable demands” on its members and their work-life balance.

Which lines will be affected?

RMT members will walk out on five lines – Victoria, Central, Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee.

Even though they are not facing strike action, mass protests are expected to have an impact on the Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines.

How has TfL responded?

TfL called the strikes “unnecessary”, and said drivers would only have to work four night tube shifts a year.

Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Customer Operations, said: “At such a critical time for the Capital’s recovery, we are extremely disappointed that RMT is threatening London with this unnecessary action.

“The return of the Night Tube is a hugely important moment for the night time economy and for late night Londoners who will have improved travel times and an additional safe travel option. We will be working through ACAS for several months. We have been meeting with RMT since then and trying to sort out their issues and we are ready to talk further.

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