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Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

Rail workers to strike on Bank holidays

Workers at Northern Rail are to strike on December 27 and 28 in a row over Bank Holiday pay, it was announced today.

Union urged to end 'pointless' Tube strike threats

Union leaders were today urged to end "pointless" strike threats on London Underground after the result of latest ballots for industrial action.

Diary: Big shoes for Morgan...

To the Mandarin Oriental, where Piers Morgan was hosting his own farewell bash, before setting sail for America to take over CNN's interview show from Larry King. Duncan Bannatyne was in strident form as he regaled me, at some length, with his views on tax avoidance.

Fares hike as £8bn rail package unveiled

Passengers facing huge hikes in train fares were today promised hundreds of new carriages after the Government committed itself to an £8 billion package of new rail schemes.

Union offers to suspend Tube strikes

Union leaders today offered to suspend further strikes on London Underground if a safety evaluation takes place into planned job cuts.

Union offers binding arbitration in Tube row

Union leaders today offered binding arbitration in a bid to resolve a bitter row over job losses on London Underground and avert another Tube strike next week.

TfL accused of lying over unmanned Tube stations

Transport for London was today accused of "lying" over staffing levels on the Tube after the biggest rail union said a leaked document showed some stations were being left unmanned.

Livingstone urges Mayor to take action over Tube chaos

London's Mayor was today pressed to take urgent action to tackle the mounting delays and disruption on London Underground as passengers suffered fresh problems.

Rail firm workers in fresh strike ballot

Workers at a second rail company are to be balloted for strikes in another row over pay, it was announced today.

Discovery of body disrupts Underground network

Commuters faced delays during yesterday morning's rush hour after a grisly discovery disrupted two London Underground lines.

Tube services hit by series of delays

London Underground passengers faced fresh delays today when services were disrupted on three lines because of problems including a failed train.

Andy McSmith: This government picks its confrontations with care

The Government is dominated by men and women whose earliest political memories are of the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher was locked in conflict with the unions. Her experience is their road map.

Unions to begin third Tube strike

Millions of passengers will face more misery on the Tube today when two transport unions begin another 24-hour strike on the London Underground (LU).

Tube passengers face ninth disrupted weekday

Services on London Underground were disrupted for the ninth weekday in a row today because of late running engineering works which hit one of the capital's busiest Tube lines.

James Moore: If the CBI wants a union crackdown, firefighters may provoke one

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

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