Tube drivers vote to strike on Boxing Day

Tube drivers who are members of Aslef have voted to strike on Boxing Day, December 26th 2010, by a majority of 9-1, meaning that there will be very few, if any, London Underground trains operating on Boxing Day this year.

London Underground wants to treat Boxing Day as a normal working day, while the Aslef union is calling for triple pay and a day off in lieu for its members who have to work on December 26th.

Speaking after the strike ballot result, a Transport for London spokesman said: “It is disgraceful that Aslef should try to hold Londoners and London Underground to ransom in this way.”

“London Underground has a long-standing agreement with all of its trade unions which cover staff working arrangements on bank holidays, and Boxing Day is included in that agreement.”

Meanwhile, Aslef general secretary Keith Norman said: “It is painfully obvious to any reasonable person that Boxing Day is not an ordinary working day and therefore it is no surprise that Aslef members have reacted in the way they have.”

London Underground has seen a series of strikes in recent weeks by members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association in a separate row over proposed staff reductions.

For details of British Rail train services operating on Boxing day, please see our Boxing day trains article here.

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