London Underground drivers are to launch strike action tomorrow, which will hit the planned resumption of night tube services, PA Media reports.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out in a dispute over rosters.

The union said new shifts are being imposed on staff which will affect their work-life balance.

A 24-hour strike on night tube lines - Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria - will start at 4.30am on Friday, with further walkouts planned in the coming weeks.

Transport for London warned of disruption to services and advised people to check before travelling.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:

This strike is about the ripping apart of popular and family-friendly agreements that helped make the original night ube such a success. Instead the company want to cut costs and lump all drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management.

This strike action, and its serious consequences in the run-up to Christmas, was avoidable if the Tube management hadn’t axed dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly workable arrangements in order to cut staffing numbers and costs.

And Nick Dent, director of London Underground customer operations, said:

The RMT’s planned strike action is needless and it will threaten London’s recovery from the pandemic, despite no job losses and more flexibility and job certainty for drivers.

“While every other union has agreed to these changes and our staff have been enjoying the benefits of the changes since August, we’re willing to work with the RMT and review the changes after night tube services have returned.


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