London is bracing for travel disruption as a Tube strike threatens to shut down the system tomorrow.
Strikes are expected to cause major delays on the Underground tomorrow, with the majority of the network shut down.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is planning a series of 24-hour walkouts in protest of plans to eliminate the pay grade for Night Tube drivers. Strikes will begin at noon tomorrow and last throughout the week. The first strike will begin at noon tomorrow and end at 11:59 a.m. on Wednesday. Between 12 p.m. on Thursday and 11.59 a.m. on Friday, the second scheduled strike will take place.
On the 24th and 26th of August, two further strikes are expected.
TfL has recommended passengers to complete their travels by 1 p.m. tomorrow because the network is expected to be “severely disrupted.”
“All Tube lines would run a considerably reduced service at some hours and not at others,” TfL warned.
According to the RMT, the salary cut will “threaten the loss of 200 jobs and disrupt the work-life balance of 3,000 Tube drivers.”
All Tube drivers will be required to work a combination of day and night shifts as a result of the change that will be introduced.
There were previously separate positions for night tube drivers.
According to the union, this “abolishes part-time positions of workers – primarily women – who rely on the flexibility and security they provide while juggling other commitments.”
TfL and the RMT are meeting today at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) in a last-ditch attempt to reach an agreement.
London Underground officials have allegedly failed to “engage in constructive conversations through the offices of Acas that could resolve this issue,” according to the RMT.
“We believe there is a deal to be done that recognizes the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management will also be up for a constructive solution to this dispute,” RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said today.
“RMT’s executive has been placed on high alert for any developments from today’s talks.”
TfL has stressed, however, that the modifications are being made to maintain a regular Tube service and that it has spoken with trade unions. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”