Socialist Worker

United walkouts halt Night Tube plans in their tracks

Issue No. 2469

The introduction of Night Tube on London Underground will not go ahead on 12 September as planned.

It’s rather embarrassing for Tory mayor Boris Johnson—he insisted that workers could strike “until they were blue in the face” but it would make no difference as his plans “will go ahead”.

United walkouts by the four Tube workers’ unions shut down the network in July and August over the imposition of conditions by bosses to try and meet Johnson’s start date. 

Transport for London has now said it will delay the introduction until agreement with the unions. 

That agreement has not yet been reached and more action could be on the cards.

The RMT union has served notice of its intention to strike between 8 and 10 September should sufficient progress not be made in talks. 

The other three unions— Aslef, TSSA and Unite—have all said they will strike again if the employers do not offer an acceptable deal.

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