Night tube to go ahead after RMT union agrees deal
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The long-awaited night tube is a step closer after the majority of RMT union members agreed a pay deal.
The offer, accepted by 84 per cent of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union members, included several conditions such as a £500 bonus payment to drivers and staff connected with the service.
The decision also means that members are guaranteed a consolidated pay increase for the next four years and no member can be forced to work night shifts if they are not already doing so.
Disputes about the night tube prevented the 24-hour weekend service being introduced last September, with tube workers taking industrial action to voice their protest over proposed implemented working conditions.
The new deal means that the Transport of London could move ahead with its plans to introduce the night tube in the near future although the train drivers’ union Aslef is yet to confirm its support.
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A decision is expected to be made on Tuesday although it is expected that its union members, who represent four out of five Tube drivers, are likely to vote yes.
Other unions TSSA and Unite have yet to make a decision.
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If confirmed, the 24-hour weekend service will run through Newham via the Central line and will also operate on the Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern lines.