London Tube strikes: Last-ditch talks to avert two 24-hour walkouts to be held today

Union members set to walk out from 6.30pm Tuesday evening

Tube unions and London Underground executives are going to meet today to try and come to a settlement ahead of this week’s Tube strike.

Tube unions - RMT, TSSA and Unite – have announced two 24-hour Tube strikes for this week. Members are set to walk out from 6.30pm Tuesday evening until the same time on Wednesday. A second 24-hour strike will begin at 6.30pm on Thursday.

The unions are rowing over the Night Tube service set to begin next month.

Mike Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, said in a letter to members: “I urge you all to continue to stand firm together and support the action to defend your jobs and conditions of service.

“Talks with LUL are still taking place at Acas and this extended industrial action must show management that it is now time for LUL to cease its decimation of your jobs and conditions to resolve this dispute once and for all.”

Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, said: “We have been in constructive talks with the trade unions which continue today, and are working hard to resolve the dispute and reach an agreement that protects the work-life balance of our staff and is sustainable, affordable and fair.

“Our customers are advised to check the Transport for London website for the latest information if the strike action does go ahead this week. If it does, we will do everything possible to keep our customers informed and keep the city moving.”

How the Tube strike will affect your commute this week, according to Transport for London

Tuesday 25 August:Tube services will run as normal for most of the day with customers advised to complete their journeys by 18:30 if possible and to travel earlier if they are able – avoiding peak times. Tube services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:30 and 18:30.

Wednesday 26 August: LU will run as many Tube services as possible according to how many staff sign onto their shifts. However, most Tube services are unlikely to run at all and those that do run may only serve some stations, and may only run for part of the day.

Thursday 27 August:Tube services will run as normal for most of the day with customers advised to complete their journeys by 18:30 if possible and to travel earlier if they are able – avoiding peak times. Tube services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:30 and 18:30.

Friday 28 August: LU will run as many Tube services as possible according to how many staff sign onto their shifts. However, most Tube services are unlikely to run at all and those that do run may only serve some stations, and may only run for part of the day.

Saturday 29 August:Tube services will run as planned.

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