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Boxing Day Tube Strike

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Published on December 19th 2011.


Boxing Day Tube Strike

THERE will be no tubes running on Boxing Day in a row over bank holiday pay, despite drivers earning £44,500 for a 35 hour week in an agreement made in 1992.

London Underground (LU) deemed the demands of triple pay as 'outrageous' in a ballot which saw 99 per cent voting for industrial action, however, tube bosses claim only 42 per cent voted to strike.

"It is appalling and simply wrong that at a time when many Londoners are enduring a decline in salary in real terms and rising living costs, that the union are asking for more money for something already included in their salaries."

Like last year, the walkouts will be on Boxing Day with a more dates also planned for 16 January, 2 and 13 February.

The union claim to want 'adequate compensation' for working on such an unsociable day. A statement read: “The whole dispute has been about seeking equitable quality time off for our members but recognising those who do operate the service may need to be incentivised.

“The company is currently offering no additional payments for working on Boxing Day. The union says its members may need 'substantial incentives' to volunteer.”

The LU, however, claim bank holidays were included in the agreed pay package as well as the fact that only a quarter of the 3,500 drivers were needed on Boxing Day last year.

LU's chief operating officer, Howard Collins says, "It is disgraceful for the Aslef leadership to threaten strike action while we are engaged in continuing discussions on this issue.

"LU 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."

This comes at a time when the UK is trying to find its bearings in one of the gloomiest economic  times for decades and a spokesperson for Boris Johnson stated, "It is appalling and simply wrong that at a time when many Londoners are enduring a decline in salary in real terms and rising living costs, that the union are asking for more money for something already included in their salaries." 

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