Tube customers have been urged to check before they travel ahead of the RMT’s planned strike action, which will cause severe disruption on five Tube lines (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria) all day tomorrow (Saturday 18 December) if it goes ahead. In addition, strike action could cause severe disruption on Central and Victoria line Night Tube services tonight. Transport for London (TfL) will do all it can to provide as many transport options as possible, but Londoners are advised to consider alternative modes of transport and leave more time for journeys.
Tomorrow’s planned strike action is the final day of two full days and six nights of strikes, which have caused disruption to Londoners and the city’s retail and hospitality at a crucial time. TfL has urged the RMT union to put the current dispute aside and cancel this weekend’s strike action, which will reduce the level of service running at a time when coronavirus cases are rising. Calling off the action would mean London Underground services can run as normal to support people travelling to work and those going to get their vaccination boosters.
Customers are also warned that there will be strike action on the Central and Victoria line Night Tube services tonight, the last of RMT’s disruptions focused on directly attacking the reintroduction of the Night Tube service.
The RMT is taking this action over new rosters, which have been agreed by the other recognised union and were introduced for Tube drivers in August. This strike action has been called despite the new rosters including assurances that there will be no job cuts, providing certainty and the option of permanent work for those on part-time contracts and the fact that Tube drivers will only be rostered to work up to four night shift weekends per year – shifts which can be swapped with colleagues for duties at other times of day if that works better for them.