Christmas shoppers will face disruption on much of the London Underground from tonight because of an ongoing argument about the Night Tube from the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.
Tonight the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are set to stage an eight-hour walkout on the Central and Victoria lines from 8.30pm.
This will be followed by a 24-hour stoppage on Saturday on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines - severe disrupting the capital's network on the last weekend before Christmas is a huge blow for the retail sector who rely on the Christmas period for a bulk of their profits.
Around half of tube drivers are members of RTM and the strike is expected to be 'strongly supported'.
RMT General secretary Mick Lynch said: 'We are angry and disappointed that Tube management have refused yet again this week to move forward based on genuine and realistic proposals that could have enabled us to recommend the suspension of the planned action.
He added that the union 'remained available' for talks but added 'it's time for the Mayor [Sadiq Khan] to stop siding with the management'.
A London Underground spokesman added: 'We've urged the RMT union to put the current dispute aside and cancel this weekend's strike action, which will reduce the level of service running at a time when coronavirus cases are rising.
'Calling off the action would mean London Underground services can run as normal to support people travelling to work and those going to get their vaccination boosters.