Tube strikes set for Boxing Day and January

17 Dec 2012 by BusinessTraveller

London Underground drivers have voted to strike on Boxing Day and two Fridays during January.

Members of the ASLEF union voted for industrial action by a margin of over 90 per cent in favour, with strike dates set for Boxing Day, January 18 and January 25.

If the strikes go ahead they are likely to affect travellers heading to London for the Boxing Day sales, while the January strike dates both fall on a Friday so will disrupt commuters.

Announcing the strike action ASLEF’s general secretary Mick Whelan said:

“This result shows the strength of feeling among our tube driver members.

“We are seeking quite reasonable assurances: that working on this day [Boxing 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.”

In a statement ASLEF said that “The union is making no further comment on the situation so that discussions can continue if management is prepared to improve its offer”.


Report by Mark Caswell

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