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24-hour Tube strike to paralyse London as talks collapse

London's tube network is expected to be paralysed by a strike later this week following the collapse of talks.

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Union officials rejected a revised offer from Underground managers during a meeting at the conciliation service ACAS this afternoon.

The 24-strike will begin at 6.30pm on Wednesday. Services are unlikely to return to normal until Friday morning.

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The long-running dispute is over the planned launch of the new 24-hour 'Night Tube' on September 12th.

Our members have made it clear that the latest offer from London Underground is merely a rehash of the previous package and does nothing to tackle the core issue which revolves around staff being at the beck and call of management to be hauled in during their free time to try and plug the staffing gaps which riddle the Mayor’s Night Tube vanity project.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
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We would be prepared to continue discussions to try to find common ground, but senior management are insistent that new rosters will be issued this week so that Night Tube starts on September 12.

The sensible option would be to postpone the launch date to allow for an agreed way forward to be reached.

But once again, management are being completely inflexible and are refusing to negotiate on their offer. They are insisting that it must be accepted as it stands.

– Aslef statement

After listening to the unions, we put forward an extremely fair revised offer, which addresses their concerns over work life balance and rewards our people for the hard work they do in keeping London working and growing.

Despite this, the new offer has been rejected outright by the union leadership, again without consulting their members.

We continue to urge them to put the new offer to their members and not subject Londoners to further unnecessary disruption. We remain available for talks at any time.

– London Underground