November 26, 2021, 08:04
Driver strikes have caused travel chaos in the London Underground during Friday’s rush hour.
A 24-hour strike began at. 04.30 Friday, affecting the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly, Waterloo & City and Victoria lines.
Transport for London (TfL) said the Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines are completely suspended while a special service runs on the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines.
Picket lines were mounted outside some subway stations from early morning.
Commuters are advised to expect other services to be much busier than usual and to check before traveling.
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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have been embroiled in controversy over new shift patterns.
The union said its members are being asked to work both night shifts and day shifts after dedicated night staff were fired.
Night Tube is set to resume on Friday and further walkouts are planned in the coming weeks.
RMT Secretary-General Mick Lynch said: “This strike is about tearing apart the popular and family-friendly agreements that helped make the original Night Tube such a success.
“Instead, the company wants to cut costs and bring all drivers together in a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to pole at the instigation of management.”
He said the union had made several efforts to resolve the dispute with the London Underground.
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He added: “This strike, and its serious consequences in the run-up to Christmas, could have been avoided if Tube management had not laid off dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly usable schemes to reduce staff numbers and costs.”
Nick Dent, Director of London Underground Customer Service, said: “RMT’s planned strike action is unnecessary and it will threaten London’s recovery from the pandemic, despite no job loss and more flexibility and job security for drivers.
“While every other union has accepted these changes, and our staff have enjoyed the benefits of the changes since August, we are willing to work with RMT and review the changes after Night Tube services return.”