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Workers on London’s underground and overground to stage 24-hour strikes later this month

TRANSPORT workers on London’s underground and overground networks will stage 24-hour strikes in separate disputes later this month, the RMT confirmed today.

The union’s members will walk out on August 19, in between strikes on August 18 and 20 by workers at Network Rail and 14 train operators in a long-running row over pay, jobs and conditions.

Tube workers have been locked in a dispute over pensions and jobs for more than six months, while Overground workers employed by Arriva Rail London will strike over pay.

RMT gave Transport for London until today to provide assurances that there would be no job losses, no detrimental changes to pensions and no changes or imposition of working conditions.

The union’s members at Arriva Rail London have rejected a 5 per cent pay offer.

General secretary Mick Lynch said: “This strike action by our members on LU [London Underground] and the Overground is yet another demonstration of how transport workers refuse to accept a raw deal.

“TfL have had ample opportunity to be transparent about the funding they will receive and to give Tube workers the assurances they need. Yet they have totally failed to give those guarantees.”

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