Saturday, November 27, 2021

Metro strike news live: Serious disruptions expected at the beginning of the strike

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Five underground lines will be hard hit by strikes by London Underground (LU) workers this morning.

According to Transport for London (TfL), the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will be severely affected for 24 hours on Friday from 4.30 a.m.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union carry out industrial action for several days in the run-up to Christmas.

The start of the industrial action coincides with the reintroduction of the Night Tube, which was suspended in March 2020 due to a shortage of passengers and staff due to the Covid social distancing regulations.

RMT members also plan to strike six more nights: this Sunday (November 28) and Friday, December 3, Saturday, 4th, Friday, 10th, Saturday, 11th and Friday, December 17th.

The RMT has stated that LU has abolished 200 subway driver positions and imposed “unacceptable and unacceptable” new rosters on existing drivers to cover night subway services. The union says this would destroy “the work-life balance” of the members.

The Night Tube has been running on Fridays and Saturdays since August 2016. Last month it was announced that the restart of the Night Tube had been brought forward from April 2022.

It came after the public called for safer nighttime traffic for women after a series of attacks, rapes and murders in London, and companies and politicians called for a boost to the night industry.

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