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Millions of commuters told NOT to travel after 1pm tomorrow as Tube strikes set to cripple London

MILLIONS of commuters have been told not to travel after 1pm tomorrow as Tube strikes are set to cripple London.

Last-ditch talks are being held in a bid to avert a series of planned strikes by London Underground drivers.

Transport for London has advised all travellers to stay off the Tube after 1pm on Tuesday if the talks fail.

TfL said the strikes are likely to affect the entire network, and may begin earlier than planned.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are due to stage a number of 24-hour walkouts, starting tomorrow, in a row over the grade of night Tube drivers.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We believe that there is a deal to be done which recognises the work-life balance and job security of our members, and we are entering the reconvened talks this morning in a positive frame of mind, and we take it that LU management also will be up for a constructive solution to this dispute.

"RMT's executive has been put on stand-by for any developments emerging from the talks later today."

The first of the strikes, which will affect night Tube services in the city, will take place from noon tomorrow until noon on Wednesday.

Further strikes are planned for August 5, 24 and 26.

TfL drives are protesting against plans to abolish separate pay grades for those who work nights.

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The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced the move on July 27 and described TfL's decision as a "cash-led move aimed at shunting staff around".

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: ''RMT is angry and frustrated at the Tube bosses’ refusal to engage in constructive discussions through the offices of ACAS that could resolve this dispute.

''London Underground’s proposals to rip up an agreement that protects 3000 Tube drivers’ work life balance has caused uproar in the depots amongst drivers.

''This breach of trust by an out of touch management abolishes the part time jobs of workers – mainly women – who rely on the flexibility and security they offer while they juggle other commitments.

''That is an equalities issue that the London Mayor should be taking seriously and raising directly with his London Underground senior management.

''RMT has made serious proposals and a resolution to the dispute is available through discussion. LU Management need to come back to the table this week in order to avoid the need for strike action. The union remains available for serious and constructive talks.''

There will be no or limited services on all lines on the affected days but bus, rail and DLR, should be normal services if not a bit busier because of the tube closures.

There are also planned closures on the Circle and District lines on 4-12 August.

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