London Underground workers strike in protest towards Evening Tube shifts
5 Tube strains will probably be severely affected this morning by strike motion taken by London Underground (LU) employees.
Transport for London (TfL) mentioned the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria strains will probably be severely disrupted for twenty-four hours from 4.30am on Friday.
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) members are additionally planning to strike on six different nights: this Saturday (27 November), and on Friday 3 December, Saturday 4, Friday 10, Saturday 11, and Friday 17.
Because the strikes cross into Friday night rush hour, solely 58 per cent of the recurrently scheduled service is working, Andy Lord, managing director of London Underground confirmed.
The Mayor of London mentioned the strike motion got here on the “worst potential time” as buyers tried to attend Black Friday gross sales and Londoners anticipated the return of the Evening Tube. Sadiq Khan urged RMT to return to negotiations after accusing the union of refusing to fulfill TfL for crunch talks yesterday.
The RMT has mentioned that LU has abolished 200 Tube driver positions and has imposed “unacceptable and insupportable” new rotas on current drivers to cowl Evening Tube providers. The union says this is able to “wreck the work-life steadiness” of members.
Good morning and welcome to our stay weblog, the place we’ll publish updates all through the day on the London Underground strike.
Katy Clifton26 November 2021 00:30
Why are Tube drivers placing? Right here’s a fast recap
London Underground (LU) employees are actually on strike from now, and providers on the Tube will probably be severely affected on 5 main strains.
The economic dispute is over new Tube drivers’ rotas that transport union RMT has slammed as “insupportable”.
LU is requiring drivers to work extra shifts to cowl weekends and nights after the restarting of the Evening Tube.
The RMT has mentioned LU has axed 200 driver positions and scrapped its earlier settlement with drivers that had made the Evening Tube “successful” – earlier than the night-time providers have been suspended on account of the Covid pandemic.
LU had mentioned it was “disillusioned” that RMT members have been going to go on strike, and added it was open to additional talks.
RMT mentioned that Tube administration claimed the union was refusing to have interaction in additional discussions, which RMT regional organiser John Leach mentioned on Thursday was “not true”.
Extra particulars in regards to the strike right here from Joe Sommerlad
Lamiat Sabin26 November 2021 00:32
Strains unaffected by strike prone to be ‘a lot busier’ than common
Transport for London (TfL) is warning that strains unaffected by the strike are prone to be “a lot busier” than common.
5 out of 11 strains – Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria – will probably be severely disrupted by the strike that can happen on numerous days earlier than Christmas.
TfL added: “Thameslink providers and buses via central London are additionally anticipated to be busier than regular.”
Extra right here from our journey correspondent Simon Calder
Katy Clifton26 November 2021 02:00
Transport for London has urged commuters to test earlier than they journey.
Additional info on various transport might be discovered on its web site.
Katy Clifton26 November 2021 03:00
TFL warns buses and roads to be busier than regular
Transport for London has warned of busier than common buses and native roads in central London as RMT union members are beginning the primary of its 24-hour walkouts on Friday morning.
TFL urged commuters to plan extra time for journeys as delays are anticipated and take into account strolling or biking.
“If the strikes go forward, we’ll function as many providers as potential, however this may rely on staffing ranges on the day,” it added.
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 03:53
London Underground says critical penalties within the run-up to Christmas
Nick Dent, director of London Underground buyer operations, mentioned the strike by RMT was “avoidable” and it might need critical penalties because it comes forward of Christmas.
Dent mentioned the strike “will threaten London’s restoration from the pandemic, regardless of no job losses and extra flexibility and job certainty for drivers”.
“Whereas each different union has agreed to those modifications and our workers have been having fun with the advantages of the modifications since August, we’re keen to work with the RMT and evaluate the modifications after Evening Tube providers have returned,” he added.
He mentioned a evaluate is just potential if RMT agrees to fulfill officers for talks and withdraw from proposed strikes.
“If the RMT refuses to have interaction with us and carries out its pointless motion, which is timed to trigger most disruption for our prospects seeking to get pleasure from London throughout the festive season, Londoners are suggested to test earlier than they journey on days of deliberate strike motion.”
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 04:19
Tube standing newest as strike begins
Operations on the Central and Piccadilly strains of the London Underground have been suspended on Friday morning as a 24-hour deliberate strike begins, threatening disruptions to London within the run as much as Christmas.
TFL mentioned there will probably be “no service on account of strike motion by the RMT” on the Central line whereas legitimate tickets will probably be accepted on buses and Community Rail providers.
Shortly after, providers have been additionally suspended on Piccadilly line.
The standing of tube providers on Victoria, Northern, Waterloo & Metropolis and Jubilee remained “particular providers” which suggests operations at a lowered frequency.
Providers on different strains stay unaffected.
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 05:08
Waterloo & Metropolis line suspended
Operations on the Waterloo and Metropolis line are actually additionally suspended on account of the RMT strikes.
Providers stay suspended on the Central and Piccadilly strains.
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 05:13
Providers on Central line partially resumed
Shuttle providers have been resumed on the Central line between White Metropolis and Ealing Broadway. The remainder of the stations stay out of service.
The London Overground line can also be performing on “lowered service” whereas Jubilee line’s standing was up to date to particular providers from suspended.
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 05:41
Commuters complain of lengthy and annoying journeys amid Tube strike
A number of Londoners expressed fears over commuting on Friday morning as a Tube strike threatened to carry town to a grinding halt, with providers disrupted in lots of elements.
A Twitter person named Lauren mentioned she is “very anxious” in regards to the strike. “It takes me 1.5 hours to get to work if every thing goes to plan, so it’s going to be a minimum of 2 hours. Actually wishing I didn’t make guarantees to sufferers earlier than I knew about it. I don’t understand how I solely simply discovered!”
One other Twitter person with deal with @insidequeer mentioned she’s going to end her sixth evening shift in a row on Friday morning and the Tube strike goes to make her commute “lengthy and annoying”.
“Do I’ve sympathy with them? Sure I do. Can I assist such drastic Tube strike? No I can’t. These of us out have to make use of the Tube, we might earn a living from home if we may,” she mentioned.
The strike additionally gives explicit inconvenience for disabled folks, who might need to attend in lengthy queues to entry the community.
Shweta Sharma26 November 2021 06:35