Which tube lines are affected by the strikes this weekend?

The RMT says workers are being ‘kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management (Picture: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

Millions face travel chaos as major Tube lines are suspended due to strike action over working conditions.

Congestion across London’s roads was up 20% on average as commuters turned to cars to get to work this morning.

It comes just as the Night Tube is meant to resume after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Further walkouts are planned in the lead-up to Christmas, with festive celebrations likely to be disrupted.

But what lines are being affected this weekend?

What tube lines are affected this weekend?

Here is a breakdown of the lines affected by strike action this weekend (December 4-5) and what other action is expected in the build-up towards Christmas.

Which Tube lines are affected?

  • 8.30pm December 3 – 4.29am December 4 (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm December 4 – 4.29am December 5 (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm December 10 – 4.29am December 11 (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm December 11 – 4.29am December 12 (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm December 17 – 4.29am December 18 (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 4.30am 18 December – 4.29am 19 December (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
The RMT says workers are being ‘kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management‘ (Picture: Transport For London)

Why is the strike happening?

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union say they are walking out after being told to work both day and night shifts after night staff were axed.

They claim they are being ‘kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management’.

But a spokesperson for London Underground services has named the action ‘needless’, warning it ‘will threaten London’s recovery from the pandemic’.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘This strike is about the ripping apart of popular and family-friendly agreements that helped make the original Night Tube such a success.

‘Instead the company want to cut costs and lump all drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management.’

A London Underground spokesman named the strike ‘needless’ (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

He said the union had made several efforts to resolve the dispute with London Underground.

Mr Lynch added: ‘This strike action, and its serious consequences in the run-up to Christmas, was avoidable if the Tube management hadn’t axed dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly workable arrangements in order to cut staffing numbers and costs.’

Transport for London has warned of disruption to services and is advising people to check before travelling.

Nick Dent, director of London Underground customer operations, said: ‘The RMT’s planned strike action is needless and it will threaten London’s recovery from the pandemic, despite no job losses and more flexibility and job certainty for drivers.

‘While every other union has agreed to these changes and our staff have been enjoying the benefits of the changes since August, we’re willing to work with the RMT and review the changes after Night Tube services have returned.’

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