Boxing Day tube strike as ACAS talks fail

22 December 2010

Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who work London’s Tube network, will take industrial action on Boxing Day after talks at the arbitration service ACAS today failed to make any progress.

ASLEF members working for London Underground voted by a majority of nine to one to support the strike action and as the union represents most drivers on London’s tube system, disruption will be extensive and significant.

ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman says the dispute centres around a ‘bizarre’ management claim that Boxing Day is ‘an ordinary working day’. The union argues that this is nonsense and insisted on generous premium rates for working on the day following Christmas Day.

‘Nothing changed at this morning’s meeting and therefore the strike will go ahead,’ says Keith Norman. ‘This is not a dispute of the union’s making, but one caused by stubborn management intransigence.’

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