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London rail workers to go on strike

RAIL workers in London are to stage a series of strikes in three separate disputes which could impact on commuters and holidaymakers.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will take industrial action against London Underground (LU), Transport for London (TfL) and the Heathrow Express in the coming weeks in a row over issues including pay, pensions and jobs. LU workers will walk out for 48 hours from 9pm on April 28 and again for three days from 9pm on May 5 in the long-running row over Tube ticket office closures.

The first two days of action will take place ahead of a May Day event in London in memory of former RMT leader Bob Crow, and Tony Benn, who died within days of each other last month. RMT members at TfL, who work in admin roles, will strike for 48 hours from 9pm on April 28 in a dispute over pensions. The union is also staging a strike at the Heathrow Express train service for 48 hours from 3am on April 29 in a row over jobs, pay and cuts.

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