Tube drivers announce Boxing Day strike

tube_roundelLondon Underground drivers belonging to the Aslef union are to strike on Boxing Day, with further strikes planned for January 18th and 25th.

The strike is the latest stage in an ongoing row over bank holiday pay.

The union has been seeking extra pay for its members and a day off in lieu for working on the bank holiday.

It previously rejected an LU proposal to schedule drivers to be on annual leave on Boxing Day and then allow them to volunteer to work the day and exchange one day’s annual leave for pay, allow them remain on annual leave, or work Boxing Day and take annual leave on another day.

Aslef General Secretary Mick Whelan said: “We are seeking quite reasonable assurances: that working on this day will be voluntary and that those who do attend will be adequately compensated. It is beyond belief that management cannot make an offer that achieves these points.”

Speaking last month, Howard Collins, LU’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have been in discussions with the Aslef leadership to find a way to end this dispute and have made them what we believe is a very fair offer.”

“Further industrial action will not achieve anything and I would urge the Aslef leadership to take this offer to their members and work towards resolving this dispute.”