Tube workers to stage four strikes

14 Dec 2011

London Underground workers are to stage four strikes, including one on Boxing Day, in a row over bank holiday pay.

Aslef said its Tube members will walk out for 24 hours on December 26, January 16 and February 3 and 13 after failing to agree payments for working on Boxing Day.

Around 2,200 Aslef members were balloted, with 92% of those who voted backing a campaign of industrial action.

The union has been seeking “adequate compensation” for those working on Boxing Day, saying they had been offered no extra pay.

Aslef said it also wanted Tube drivers to be able to volunteer to work on such an “unsociable” day.

London Underground (LU) called on Aslef to abandon the strikes, saying its “outrageous” claim for triple pay and a day off in lieu for working Boxing Day went against an agreement all unions were signed up to.

The company said Aslef and other unions had signed up to an agreement covering operational staff, which saw them getting higher salaries and increased annual leave on the understanding that this would involve working on some public holidays.

“The agreement, which specifies that overtime is only paid for unrostered work or for work attracting a higher salary, is once again being ignored by Aslef’s leaders,” said LU.

The company said it had reviewed the level of service for Boxing Day to match customer demand and as a result has reduced the number of train staff required to pre-2010 levels, so only a quarter of the Tube’s 3,500 drivers are needed to run the service.

“The Aslef leadership has called the strike action despite the fact that only around 42% of those balloted voted in favour of strike action,” said LU.

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