London Underground staff go on strike in protest of Night Tube shift
Five subway lines will be hit hard this morning by strike action taken by workers in the London Underground (LU).
Transport for London (TfL) said the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines will be severely disrupted for 24 hours from 4.30pm on Friday.
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) members are also planning to strike six other nights: this Saturday (November 27) and Friday, December 3, Saturday, the 4th, Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th. and Friday the 17th.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged unions to get the services running and avoid further disruption.
“I absolutely appeal to the unions not to disturb everyone’s lives. We’ve had enough disruption due to coronavirus, “he told LBC.” I just want to appeal to them to get around a table and get these services running. This is the last thing Londoners need. I urge them to think again. “
RMT has said that LU has abolished 200 tube driver positions and imposed “unacceptable and intolerable” new rotations on existing drivers to cover Night Tube services. The union says this would “upset the work-life balance” for members.
It came after the public and campaign groups had called for safer night transport to help tackle violence against women and girls and increase available transport to support the night industry.
All possible TfL strike dates
Today marks the start of what could be weeks of strike action involving RMT union drivers.
Below are all the dates that TfL can see strike if no agreement is reached between TfL and RMT:
04.30 26 November – 04.29 27 November (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria)
20.30 27 November – 04.29 28 November (Central & Victoria)
20.30 December 3 – 04.29 December 4 (Central & Victoria)
20.30 December 4 – 04.29 December 5 (Central & Victoria)
20.30 December 10 – 04.29 December 11 (Central & Victoria)
20.30 December 11 – 04.29 December 12 (Central & Victoria)
20.30 December 17 – 04.29 December 18 (Central & Victoria)
04.30 December 18 – 04.29 December 19 (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria)
Thomas KingsleyNovember 26, 2021 at 11:25
Pipe blasts spark Steps concert fears
Furious Steps fans have gone to social media for fear that the pipe strikes will disrupt tonight’s concert by the iconic group.
The pop group Steps will play in the 02 Arena in North Greenwich tonight – a venue served by the Jubilee Line, which is severely disrupted due to a strike.
Fans can expect busier train routes when trying to travel to the concert.
Thomas KingsleyNovember 26, 2021 11:03 AM
Tube attacks are ‘unnecessary attacks’ on Londoners, says London Assemblyman
Conservative London MP Emma Best called the pipe attacks “an unnecessary attack on London commuters and visitors.”
On Twitter, the deputy leader of the conservative Waltham Forest said: “Other unions have already agreed to the changes, which require drivers to work only four night shifts a year. For a global, 24/7 city, that is a perfectly reasonable request.”
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 10:46
Update: Circle line severely disturbed
The Circle line is now facing serious disruption, according to Transport for London.
The line has been unaffected by the RMT strike – but TfL has said there are currently “serious delays” on the entire line due to “canceled trains”.
Thomas KingsleyNovember 26, 2021 at 10:30
Tube driver says colleagues ‘do not understand’ strikes
A tube driver has said many of his colleagues “do not understand” why tube strikes take place due to changes in night shifts.
“People are laughing at them,” the driver said LBC.
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 09:52
Londoners are facing serious disruption to transport services
Pictures show Londoners intruding on the subway amid severe disruption to service due to strikes.
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 09:29
The London Underground chief apologizes for the inconvenience
The London Underground’s chief executive has apologized for the disruption facing Londoners trying to use the service today during pipe strikes.
Speaking further BBC Radio London Andy Lord said: “The vast majority of drivers are happy with the changes, it’s a small minority that is striking.
“We provide more flexible work schedules to all drivers, and those who wanted to stay part-time on the Night Tube still are.
“I would urge the RMT Union to return to the table.”
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 09:14
Transport Secretary appeals to unions not to disturb life
Grant Shapps told LBC: “I absolutely appeal to the unions not to disrupt everyone’s lives. We’ve had enough disruption due to coronavirus.
“This is a dispute between TfL, the workers there and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, so I do not have a direct role in it.
“I just want to appeal to them to get around a table and get these services running. This is the last thing Londoners need. I encourage them to think again.”
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 08:50
The RMT trade union ‘rock solid’ in the middle of a strike struggle
RMT representatives have tweeted photos from its ‘rock solid’ strike action line:
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 08:35
The Piccadilly line opens reduced service when commuters take to the subway
The Piccadilly line now runs a particularly limited service between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters, which runs approximately every eight minutes.
There is still no service on the rest of the line and the Waterloo and City line remains completely suspended due to strike.
Thomas Kingsley26 November 2021 08:27