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Night Tube strike threat six months after launch

Drivers of London’s Night Tube will be balloted for strikes following a dispute over pay and jobs – six months after the service began.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) say drivers are being discriminated against and “blocked” from applying for full-time jobs on London Underground for 18 months.

All other staff, including part-time Night Tube station workers, are eligible to apply, it is claimed.

The night drivers are not eligible for overtime pay because they are contracted to work only 16 hours a week, the union added.

Members will vote on industrial action over the next few weeks.

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RMT general secretary Mick Cash labelled the rule “a senseless and damaging policy that picks out one group of staff for negative treatment”.

He called for London Underground to “stop these stupid attacks on career progression”.

A spokesman for London Underground has requested a meeting with the RMT.

The Night Tube runs on Fridays and Saturdays on the Victoria, Jubilee, and most of the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

According to the Transport for London website, more than half a million people are using the service after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bitter disputes with the unions before the Night Tube launched last August meant the service began nearly a year late.

Planned strike action across all Tube lines earlier this month was suspended after the RMT, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and Transport for London came to an agreement over ticket office job cuts.

In a separate row over staffing, a 24-hour Tube strike affecting the Central and Waterloo and City line services is planned from 11.30pm on 21 February.

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