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London Evening Standard - 2021-11-25

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Stop the strikes

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FRIDAY’S 24-hour Tube strike looks set to go ahead, so Londoners are once again bracing themselves for travel chaos. The strike has been timed for maximum disruption and will likely affect services beyond Friday. The RMT union’s case is a flimsy one — it amounts to arguments over rota changes as the Mayor seeks to reintroduce the Night Tube. Understandably, there is likely to be little public sympathy. Londoners have been calling for the return of the 24-hour Tube, to support our night-time economy and provide greater safety for women getting home. Businesses too will be dismayed that industrial action is falling on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. These strikes — and others round the corner linked to pension disputes — are the last thing the capital needs as we nurture and build upon our economic recovery. They should not go ahead.

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