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Despite several attempts to avert them, the London tube strikes will be going ahead as planned bringing disruptions to five major lines, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union have confirmed.
Talks of the strike began because of disputes over pay and hours for drivers of the Night Tube, which was reopened after being suspended in March 2020 during the pandemic.
The RMT's general secretary Mick Lynch said: "No one should underestimate the anger this issue has generated amongst drivers. All of this 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."
Here are all the important details of the London Tube strike including which lines are affected and how long it will last.
When is the London Tube strike?
24 hour strikes have been planned where staffs will walk-out and not take any duties from 4.30 am on Friday, November 26, till 4.29am the following morning. This will be done again the next day Saturday, November 27 but starting from 8.30 pm until the next morning.
There are also plans for overnight walk-outs every weekend in December, starting from this weekend until Sunday, December 19.
Here is the full breakdown of strike times and lines affected :
- 4.30am November 26 – 4.29am November 27 (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm November 27 – 4.29am November 28 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm December 3 – 4.29am December 4 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm December 4 – 4.29am December 5 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm December 10 – 4.29am December 11 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm December 11 – 4.29am December 12 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 8.30pm December 17 – 4.29am December 18 (Central and Victoria lines)
- 4.30am December 18 – 4.29am December 19 (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
Which Underground lines and stations are affected?
The Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will all be affected by the 24-hour strikes on November 26 and December 18.
While the Bakerloo, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, are expected to work as normal on these days, they may be busier than usual because of the walk-outs. Thameslink services and buses through central London are also expected to be busier.
The DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services are not likely to suffer from the protests.
Why is there a London tube strike?
RMT called for the first two days of the strike to coincide with the reopening of the Night Tube, saying that the 80,000 member-strong union are striking over what they described as "unacceptable and intolerable demands."
When the Night Tube was re-introduced, TfL said drivers on the lines served by the Night Tube would be expected to work around four weekends a year.
Despite these rosters providing greater flexibility and job certainty for drivers, the union explained that they believe that working hours and pay for the drivers show that the London Underground is "all about cutting costs regardless of the impact on staff."
Nick Dent, director of London Underground customer operations, had responded to the the union’s demands saying ”we are hugely disappointed that the RMT is threatening London with this unnecessary action.”
Will the tube strikes affect Christmas?
The strikes are planned throughout the next month leading into the weekend before Christmas on Sunday, December 19. Christmas this year falls on a Saturday, but whether the walk-outs will impact Christmas day itself remains unconfirmed.
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