London Underground strike dates: When will drivers take industrial action and why are they on strike?

Tube drivers in London are planning to strike from today in a row over the abolition of grades for certain drivers.

It means commuters may struggle to get to work or go about their daily business as the Underground network faces a limited workforce.

Four days are planned for the strike action, meaning there could be lots of disruption to people wanting to travel.

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You might be wondering, then, what are the dates the London Underground drivers will be taking industrial action on and what is the reason for them going on strike in the first place? We have the information on the latest row between unions and London Underground.

When is the London Underground strike?

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union has announced it plans to tell drivers not to book on for four days, on the 3, 5, 24 and 26 August.

Specifically, it has asked staff to not turn up from midday on August 3 until 11.59 on August 4, from midday on August 5 until 11.59 on August 6, from midday on August 24 until 11.59 on August 25, and from midday on August 26 until 11.59 on August 27.

It means commuters may have trouble getting to work and those who have social activities planned may be disrupted getting to them.

Why are London Underground Tube drivers striking?

The row centres over the abolition of the night tube drivers’ grade. It means drivers will be asked to work a mixture of both day shifts and night shifts, instead of having a specific role for those who work at night.

Tube drivers were balloted over the move in June and voted to go through with the industrial action.

Talks between bosses at London Underground and the RMT Union were set at the offices of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service but broke down. Both sides have expressed interest in reopening dialogue.

What has the RMT Union said about the London Underground strike?

The RMT Union has said the changes will threaten 200 jobs and alter the work-life balance of 3,000 Tube drivers.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT is angry and frustrated at the Tube bosses’ refusal to engage in constructive discussions through the offices of ACAS that could resolve this dispute.

“London Underground’s proposals to rip-up an agreement that protects 3000 Tube drivers’ work-life balance has caused uproar in the depots amongst drivers.

“This breach of trust by an out of touch management abolishes the part-time jobs of workers – mainly women – who rely on the flexibility and security they offer while they juggle other commitments.

“That is an equalities issue that the London Mayor should be taking seriously and raising directly with his London Underground senior management.

“RMT has made serious proposals and a resolution to the dispute is available through discussion. LU Management need to come back to the table this week in order to avoid the need for strike action. The union remains available for serious and constructive talks.”

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