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Industrial action by Underground workers already hitting Tube services ahead of fresh strikes

Alan Jones

Published 12/08/2015 | 08:27

People queuing for the Number 11 bus at Liverpool Station in central London as commuters face travel misery trying to get to work because of a strike which has brought London Underground to a standstill.
People queuing for the Number 11 bus at Liverpool Station in central London as commuters face travel misery trying to get to work because of a strike which has brought London Underground to a standstill.

Industrial action by London Underground workers is already hitting Tube services ahead of two fresh strikes over plans for a new all-night service, a union has claimed.

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The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said delays on the District Line today were caused by a work to rule, warning that the impact will escalate.

LU said there were only minor delays on the line because of a shortage of available trains, but the RMT said the entire Wimbledon and Ealing Broadway service was suspended earlier today.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Tube bosses have tried to cover up the impact of the action short of a strike which is continuing across the network and which is hitting services hard with the impact set to escalate.

"RMT will be raising again today serious concerns that safety tolerances are being fudged and breached to try and keep services running, threatening passengers and staff alike.

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"The solution to this dispute is serious negotiations around the work/life balance issues that have led to the action, not a cavalier attitude to safety to try and cover up the impact. "

Members of three unions will walk out for 24 hours from the evenings of August 25 and 27, threatening to disrupt services for days in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday weekend in the night Tube row.

The train drivers' union Aslef has yet to announce if it will join the strikes.

More talks are being held today at the conciliation service Acas.

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