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More London Underground staff are planning to join the tube strike on Friday

Isabelle Aron

There was good news and bad news on the tube strike front last week. The RMT union cancelled its strike planned for the weekend but also announced plans for seven more tube strikes over the coming months. And now we've got a bit more bad news for you. The mega tube strike marathon is due to kick off this Friday (February 12) at 6.30am, with 1,500 maintenance workers planning to walk out for 24 hours. But now they're not the only ones, as 500 track patrol staff have just announced that they'll be joining them, because of a dispute over the use of private contractors to 'casualise' their jobs.

Drivers and station staff haven't announced any plans to strike (yet) but as the track patrol staff check the network for faults and the maintenance workers fix the problems, it could mean that parts of the network can't operate safely during the strike. London Underground is planning talks with the RMT this week to try to resolve the issue. Let's just hope they get it all worked out before Friday morning, or we might just go on strike ourselves and stay in bed watching telly until it's all over.

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