03/02/2016 08:02 GMT | Updated 03/02/2016 09:59 GMT

Night Tube: RMT Union To Recommend Accepting Deal For All Night London Underground Service

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LONDON - MAY 31: Party revellers enjoy the atmosphere as they congregate outside of a closed Liverpool St Tube Station during a Facebook cocktail party on the Circle Line on May 31, 2008 in central London, England. Tonight is the last evening when Londoners can consume alcohol on public transport. The cocktail party, organised on the networking Web site Facebook, attracted thousands of revellers to enjoy one last drink on the London Underground before the ban's enforcement on June 1, 2008. The

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is to recommend acceptance of a pay and conditions deal to help secure an all-night Tube service in London.

The decision by union executives will be seen as a major breakthrough for the long awaited service, which was originally due to begin last September.

A brief statement from RMT said it would be “conducting a referendum ballot of members across London Underground over the latest offer from the company on pay and night tube. The ballot will open on 11 February and the union executive is recommending acceptance of the offer.”

Continuing disputes between London Underground and the unions over pay and working conditions for staff led to a series of strikes last summer, with more planned later this month.

In August LU's managing director Nick Brown had claimed the organisation was close to reaching an agreement on pay and conditions after a service-wide strike was called off at the last minute.

He said: "Further to the progress made in recent days with the trade unions and the suspension of strike action, we believe we are not far from an agreement that protects the work-life balance of our employees and is affordable, sustainable and fair.

"As such, we have decided to defer the introduction of Night Tube to allow more time for those talks to conclude. Our objective is to reach an agreement that ends this dispute and delivers the Night Tube for Londoners this Autumn.”

RMT had decried the service as a "vanity project" of Mayor Boris Johnson, claiming it was "fundamentally flawed from top to bottom".

More to follow.