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London Underground staff are planning a pre-Christmas tube strike

Isabelle Aron

Feeling festive and full of Christmas cheer? Hold that thought. We've got some bad news for you, and it involves the two words that Londoners dread the most: tube strike. Yep, London Underground staff have just voted in favour of a tube strike in the run-up to Christmas.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has balloted more than 3,000 staff members over disputes on staffing and safety, and 85 percent have voted in favour of a strike. And that's not all. Tube drivers on the Piccadilly line have also backed strike action (by 84 percent), because of a dispute over 'breaches of policies, procedures and safety which amount to a wholesale breakdown in industrial relations'. Doesn't sound ideal.

But it's not definitely going ahead just yet. There's no set date at the moment, and the RMT executive will now consider the results of the ballot before making a decision. Fingers crossed for a Christmas miracle.

Photo: Nick Richards

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