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Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

New dispute brings Tube strike closer

The prospect of a crippling 48-hour strike by London Underground (LU) workers going ahead next week increased today when a fierce row broke out over pay.

Threat looms of major rail strikes

Thousands of rail workers at four companies are to be balloted for strikes in disputes over job cuts and industrial relations, it was announced today.

Rail workers to vote on strike

More than 700 workers at rail freight company DB Schenker are to be balloted for strike action in a row over jobs and working conditions, it was announced today.

Commuters urged to join rail union protest

Rail union leaders today called on commuters to join their campaign against plans to cut ticket office opening hours.



Railway cuts 'put public in danger'

Railway engineering cutbacks could lead to more accidents such as those at Hatfield and Potters Bar, a union has warned.

Reduced rail ticket office opening times 'unacceptable'

Rail union leaders have urged the Government to halt plans by South West Trains - which operates services across the region - to reduce ticket office opening times, which they warned would lead to a "vastly poorer" service.

Tube workers to stage second strike

Workers responsible for fault-finding and maintaining the electrical supply to the London Underground will begin their second 36-hour strike tonight in a row over pay.

The Sketch: The unreportable truth about Tessa

It always happens at this time of year. The last week before Christmas, St Lucy's just gone, the days still getting shorter, and John Donne ringing in our ears. "I am every dead thing," he says, and it's easy to see what he means as ministers for Culture turn scum into sludge - "the whole world's sap is sunke".

24-Hour Room Service: Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace is not the place to run out of suntan lotion. It may be home to 300 fountains, 114 domes, 1,002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers and 6,000sq metres of gold leaf, but dealing with such an ordinary issue in such a luxurious environment may well induce an unwelcome reality check. It is far more appropriate to indulge in a seven-course Persian feast, sip a vintage cognac or take a stroll through the landscaped gardens than attempt to track down a bottle of factor 30.

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