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Night Tube drivers set to strike union warns

PUBLISHED: 13:08 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:27 14 March 2017

London Underground's Night Tube roundel. Picture: Mike Brooke

London Underground's Night Tube roundel. Picture: Mike Brooke

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Night Tube drivers have voted to strike in a row over pay and working conditions less than a year after the service began.

The RMT union has claimed drivers on the weekend service are being “blocked” from accessing vacant full-time positions for at least 18 months and don’t qualify for overtime pay because they only work for 16 hours a week, the RMT union has said.

Its general secretary, Mick Cash, said the “stupid attacks on career progression” amounted to “discrimination”.

“It is outrageous that London Underground have decided to discriminate against their Night Tube drivers,” he said.

“This is a senseless and damaging policy that picks out one group of staff for negative treatment and of course the drivers are angry and that is why our members have voted overwhelmingly for action.”

Union Aslef is also balloting its members for strikes while police community support workers based on the Tube are also said to be considering strike action in a dispute over shifts.

London Underground operations director Peter McNaught said: “Night Tube services have been running since August last year in line with agreements reached with the unions. We’ve met with the RMT to discuss and resolve the new issues that they have.

We have invited the RMT to more talks later this week and I encourage them to continue discussions with us rather than threaten industrial action.”

The Night Tube’s launch was delayed by almost a year after London Underground and union bosses clashed over working and pay conditions.

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