TUBE strikes are expected to cause chaos for another weekend after negotiations failed to resolve the Night Tube conflict.
London Underground drivers will begin an eight-hour walk today and stop 24 hours on Saturday after the driver said the return of the Night Underground would destroy work balance and their lives.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will embark on an eight-hour walk on the Central and Victoria lines from 8:30pm on Friday.
Saturday’s 24-hour stop on Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will be from 4:30am.
Travelers have been warned that this action will disrupt Metro services, with little or no service in places and the rest of the lines will be extremely busy.
Negotiations were held this week but the row remained deadlocked as RMT said new rosters for the Night Tube were being applied to drivers.
The ongoing controversy concerns the night shift that drivers will be required to work in order to activate restart Night Tube.
Night Tube was shut down in March 2020 so more trains could run during the day to increase social distancing at the height of the Covid pandemic but some services are expected to resume in November.
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RMT states that the forced workload on subway drivers destroys their work-life balance by “working extra nights and weekends”.
But TfL says the changes have been agreed to by other unions and mean drivers have to work four-night shifts a year.
It also means the restart of the Night Tube on the Victoria and Central lines will be delayed as drivers have been ordered not to work from 8:30pm on Saturday to 4:30am on Sunday.
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We are furious and disappointed that Tube management refused again this week to continue based on authentic and factual proposals that would have allowed us to proposed halting the planned action.
“Therefore, strike action this weekend will continue.
“At the heart of the dispute is the specialized Night Tube driver class, which is popular with women and concerned responsible persons, and for which the union has fought to get an initial agreement, has been denied. tore up 200 posts and had absolutely no interest in the staff themselves.”
Nick Dent, Customer Operations Manager for London Underground, said: “Our position remains that by encouraging Tube drivers to work up to four night-shift weekends per year, they are interchangeable with colleagues if desired, is fair and reasonable.
“We have also made sure that there will be no job loss. We urge the RMT to stop this unnecessary strike action, which will reduce the level of service we can run at a time when schools are running.” coronavirus cases are on the rise.
“It will not serve any purpose other than to disrupt Londoners and visitors to the city as they enjoy the festivities at this particular time of year.”
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