London tube chaos as major strikes planned to grind stations to a standstill

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Eight days in August are set to be hit by the chaos caused by the industrial action. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is telling workers not to clock in for work for 24 hours after midday on August 3, 5, 24 and 26.

It means the action will also cause significant disruption in rush hour the following morning.

Transport for London bosses want to scrap separate Night Tube train drivers’ pay grade.

The union claims the “cash-led move” risks the loss of 200 jobs and will disrupt the work-life balance of 3,000 employees.

Instead of having a separate role for Night Tube train drivers, all drivers will be expected to be scheduled for a mix of day and night shifts.

RMT confirmed action would go-ahead as planned after a breakdown in talks with TfL bosses.

Both sides entered negotiations through arbitration service ACAS in the hope to avoid industrial action.

But after a breakdown in talks, RMT confirmed they would be going ahead with the strikes.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT is angry and frustrated at the Tube bosses’ refusal to engage in constructive discussions through the offices of ACAS that could resolve this dispute.

“London Underground’s proposals to rip up an agreement that protects 3,000 Tube drivers’ work-life balance has caused uproar in the depots amongst drivers.

“This breach of trust by an out of touch management abolishes the part time jobs of workers – mainly women – who rely on the flexibility and security they offer while they juggle other commitments.

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“That is an equality issue that the London Mayor should be taking seriously and raising directly with his London Underground senior management.

“RMT has made serious proposals and a resolution to the dispute is available through discussion.

“LU Management need to come back to the table this week in order to avoid the need for strike action.

“The union remains available for serious and constructive talks.”

TfL has racked up debt of of almost £16billion of debt in recent years.

The transport body was already in £12billion of debt before the pandemic hit the UK.

Covid has significantly damaged finances further due to a huge drop off in passenger numbers.

Cutting cost was one of the conditions imposed on TfL as part of a bailout of the transport network.

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