Curse of the Night Tube: Fresh strikes looming over pay row

Thousands more workers to be balloted over pay and conditions

London’s long awaited Night Tube should have been up and running by now.

But instead, the plan to open additional services on a few lines has been consistently derailed by train workers’ unions anxious to ensure their members are not forced to work longer or more inconvenient hours without adequate recompense.

The threat of further strikes by unions increased today as over 1,300 more London Underground (LU) workers are set to vote on industrial action as the pay row continues.

The workers are part of the Tube Lines company, which maintains and upgrades the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines – three of the five lines on which the Night Tube is planned to use.

The other two lines are the Central and Victoria lines.

The RMT union has said it expects overwhelming support for a strike, and has already won enough support from workers to order thousands of Tube staff to strike.

The union must give a minimum of seven days’ notice before a strike.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our Tube Lines members have been offered the same deal on pay and Night Tube as their own LU colleagues and our reps have clearly rejected it as wholly unsatisfactory. Now we move to a ballot of our members for both strike action and action short of a strike.

“The RMT has made it clear that with growing numbers of Tube users and planned expansion of the service, the staff in all grades who are expected to keep the railway running must be respected and their efforts properly rewarded.”

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