Londoners should brace themselves as tube unions announce four days of London Underground strikes in February.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union announced today (January 27) that "significant progress" on talks held with London Underground Limited were not made.

As a result, the union will once again take strike action in early February and have said commuters can expect the same in March.

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Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: "RMT will not stand by while safety is compromised on London Underground off the back of cash-led cuts to staffing levels that the union has warned would have a serious, lasting and corrosive impact for staff and passengers alike.

"That is why our members are taking this further action.

"RMT members on the London Underground stations see day in and day out the toxic impact of the job cuts programme and they are reporting back that it is horrific.

"It has now also been shown that at management level there is agreement with the union that the cuts have been a disastrous mistake."

Here's everything you need to know about the fresh wave of strikes.

When are they taking place?

The strikes are set to go head after 6pm on Sunday February 5 until 9.59am on Monday February 6.

They will then continue after 10am on Tuesday February 7 until 12.59am on Wednesday February 8.

Why are they happening again?

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According to RMT, at the heart of the dispute is Tube station staffing and safety.

After nearly 900 staff members were let go, RMT says that the cuts have left safety on a knife edge with the incidents at Canning Town and North Greenwich last year which were foiled terrorism plots.

How many balloted for the strike in the company?

More than 3,000 RMT station staff members were balloted for action.

I'm worried about my employers getting angry about me being late - what can I do?

Can you get fired for being late? What about working from home or getting paid for the day despite not being there?

We put all those questions to Paula Chan, an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon law firm about what rights you have over the walkout period.

Can the Mayor intervene to stop it?

Sadiq Khan thanked the TfL staff who kept open some stations, but said the strike today was 'totally unnecessary'

During his election campaign in February, he had called walkouts a failure.

At the time, he said: "Strikes are ultimately a sign of failure.

"Every day there's a strike it caused huge misery and inconvenience to Londoners.

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"As Mayor what I'd do is roll up my sleeves and make sure that I'm talking to everyone who runs public transport to make sure there are zero days of strikes."

However, the most the Mayor has so far done is to encourage them to call it off and negotiate round the table.

Sadiq Khan already faced heavy amounts of scrutiny in January as thousands of London Underground workers walkout for 24-hours over staff cuts and ticket office closures.

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