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Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

Tube workers to stage 24-hour strike

Workers on one of London Underground's busiest Tube lines are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over new rosters, it was announced today.

Commuters facing renewed rail strike chaos

Rail passengers on busy commuter and other routes are facing fresh travel chaos after strikes were called today in separate disputes over pay and the sacking of a worker.

London rail workers to strike over sacking

Workers at a rail company are to stage a 24ihour strike in protest at the dismissal of a female colleague her union said was the victim of an assault by a member of the public angry at being challenged over a ticket, it was announced today.

Train services return after Sunday stay-away

Rail services returned to normal today on London Midland lines following the cancellation of all but one of the firm's trains yesterday because of staff shortages.

Dispute over Sunday working brings rail chaos

A rail company faced a barrage of criticism after it was forced to cancel all but one of its Sunday services today because staff have failed to volunteer to work.

Wife killer studying to be taxi driver

A convicted killer and paranoid schizophrenic has been given permission to study the "knowledge" to become a black cab driver despite fears about public safety, it was revealed today.

Dispute resolved over Tube job cuts

A dispute over jobs on London Underground which sparked a crippling strike earlier in the summer and threatened further industrial action has been resolved, it was announced today.

200 bus drivers to strike

Almost 200 bus drivers are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over pay and working conditions threatening disruption to services, it was announced today.

Vestas workers end occupation after 18 days

The occupation of a wind turbine factory that is set to close, costing 625 people their jobs, ended when workers left the building after an 18-day protest.

Rail workers begin month of industrial action

Workers on the country's most extensive railway network launched a month-long campaign of industrial action today, including refusing to pick up litter from trains.

Occupied factory's closure delayed

The planned closure date of a wind turbine factory which is being occupied by workers as part of a campaign to save their jobs has been put back.

Only 1 in 18 trains running in rail strike misery

Tens of thousands of commuters suffered travel misery tonight as services on busy rail lines were crippled by strike action - with further disruption due tomorrow.

Stagecoach joins the queue for beleaguered National Express

Stagecoach, the Scottish transport group, confirmed yesterday that it was in talks with the consortium bidding for its beleaguered rival National Express about buying parts of the business in the event of a successful takeover. Stagecoach has not ruled out a bid for the whole company.

Bob Crow: You Ask The Questions

The Leader of the RMT Union answers your questions, such as 'Don't you think that £40,000 a year is a lot for driving a Tube train?'

Crucial talks in bid to avert Tube strike

Crucial talks aimed at averting next week's strike by London Underground workers are to be held tomorrow, it was announced today.

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