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Tube workers to stage two strikes

Tube platform
The first strike will be held next week

Up to 1,000 London Underground workers are to hold two 72-hour strikes in a row over pay and conditions.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said members working for maintenance firm Tube Lines would walk out on 20 August and on 3 September.

The RMT claimed the company's pay offer would leave staff worse off than those working in other parts of the network.

Tube Lines said its pay and conditions were "very competitive" and it was disappointed with the RMT's stance.

Trains running

Maintenance workers voted by more than three-to-one in favour of industrial action.

A TfL spokeswoman said it was hopeful that strike action could be avoided and it would endeavour to keep the trains running should the strikes go ahead as planned.

The affected lines would be the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern.

Staff taking part in the strike include track workers, train maintainers and signallers who earn about 30,700, 34,500 and 50,300 respectively.

They will walk out at 1200 BST on 20 August and again from noon on 3 September.

The RMT has also announced that more than 700 Tube cleaners will strike for a third time in their bid to secure greater pay.

The union said its members, who are employed by four cleaning contractors, will not turn up for their shifts on 21 August.

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