London Underground Night Tube drivers are to stage a series of strikes in a row over staffing numbers.
The RMT union have told thousands of their members not to work the night shift from 26 November on the Victoria, Piccadilly, Central, Jubilee and Northern lines.
Night Tube drivers have been told by the RMT not to work on 27 and 28 November and 3,4,5,11,12 and 17 December on the Central and Victoria lines.
The Night Tube service was due to restart on 27 November following a petition that gained 150,000 signatures over women’s safety in the dark winter months.
General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, said, “No one has worked harder to ensure a safe environment for women on London Underground than the RMT.
“While Tube bosses have axed staff and left stations routinely unstaffed, with all of the obvious risks, we have campaigned relentlessly for the front line, physical presence of visible staff on stations and platforms.
“We are now being repaid by the imposition of working arrangements that would wreck the work-life balance of our members.
“All of this was avoidable if the Tube management hadn’t axed dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly workable arrangements in order to cut staffing numbers and costs.
“It’s that action which has led us to make today’s announcement.
“RMT supports the reintroduction of the Night Tube but we know full well that prior to its suspension during the pandemic it was a magnet for violent, abusive and anti-social behaviour.
“The Mayor and his officials cannot ignore that fact and the hard reality that it’s RMT members who made it a success in the first place. They now feel totally betrayed.
“We warned months ago that slashing two hundred Night Tube Train Driver positions would create a staffing nightmare and LU need to start facing up to that reality. The union remains available for talks.”