It might be a new year, but it's the same old story when it comes to the night tube: it ain't happening any time soon. The 24-hour weekend service was meant to launch on September 12 last year, but it's been delayed because of ongoing disputes between the tube unions and the London Underground (LU). Unless you've blocked it out of your memory, you might recall that the disputes also resulted in every Londoner's worst nightmare: tube strikes. And it looks like more strikes could be coming our way this year. The RMT union will be holding a ballot to determine whether maintenance workers on the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee Lines will support strike action.
The result of the ballot will be announced at the end of the month, but the RMT aren't the only ones - Finn Brennan, organiser for the tube drivers in the Aslef union has said that if the LU aren't prepared for more negotiation talks, 'strike action seems the only option left'. The only (slightly) good news is that, if they do go ahead, the strikes won't take place until next month - because, let's face it, January is depressing enough as it is.
On a lighter note, the No Trousers Tube Ride is back in town.
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