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Drivers strike to hit Night Tube as services resume

London Underground drivers will launch a strike action on Friday that will hurt the planned renewal of Night Tube services.

Members of the Railway, Maritime and Transport (RMT) The union will be embroiled in controversy over faculty.

The union said new shifts are imposed on staff that will affect the work-life balance.

A 24-hour strike on the night tube lines – Central, Yuval, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria – will begin at 4:30 a.m. Friday, with more departures scheduled in the coming weeks.

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Transport to London Warned of disruption to toilets and advised people to check before traveling.

RMT Secretary-General Mick Lynch said: “This strike is about tearing up popular and family-friendly agreements that have helped make the original Night Tube such a success.

“Instead the company wants to cut costs and unite all the drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from a pillar to meet management orders.

“We have made every effort in Acas and in direct talks since the opening to resolve this dispute, but it is clear that the LU bosses are driven solely by the bottom line and have no interest in the well-being of their staff or passenger service.

“This strike action, and its dire consequences ahead of Christmas, would have been avoided if the Tube management had not eliminated the dedicated Night Tube staff and completely practical arrangements in order to cut manpower and costs.”

Nick Dent, London Underground’s operations manager, said: “The RMT’s planned strike action is unnecessary and it is a threat to London’s recovery from the epidemic, although there is no job loss and more flexibility in working for drivers.

“While every other association has agreed to these changes and our team has enjoyed the benefits of the changes since August, we are willing to work with the RMT and review the changes after the return of Night Tube Services.

“This review can only be successful if the RMT agrees to meet us for talks and removes its proposed action so that we can all see how these changes will actually work.

“If the RMT refuses to communicate with us and performs its unnecessary action, which is scheduled to cause maximum disruption to our customers who wish to enjoy London during the holiday season, Londoners are advised to check before traveling on days of planned strike.”

The night tube has been suspended due to the epidemic and is scheduled to start again this weekend.

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