Tube drivers' strike is not the only action this Christmas

Dec 17, 2012

Underground faces disruption for third successive year as other walkouts are called

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TUBE train drivers in London have voted to strike on Boxing Day while a series of other strikes around the country threaten to cause transport difficulties over Christmas.

The strike in the capital was called after last-ditch peace talks between unions and Tube bosses collapsed. Two further strike dates in January were also announced.

It will be the third successive Boxing Day strike on the London Underground and could bring the network to a halt. The long-running dispute relates to bank holiday pay.

The strike has been called by Aslef, which represents more than half of the Tube's 3,200 drivers. Members of the RMT union are unlikely to cross picket lines.

"The capital's business and retail trade will be hard hit, losing millions of pounds on the first day of the post Christmas sales and one of the busiest days of the year," reports the Evening Standard. "They are banking on the sales to provide some respite from the recession."

Other transport disputes:

  • The RMT has called a strike that could affect trains in and out of St Pancras later this week over staffing levels at the West Hampstead signalling box.
  • Cleaners on the Tyne and Wear Metro service will walk out for 72 hours at the weekend in protest at low pay.
  • Services to and from Scotland could also be affected by a dispute between the RMT and Scotrail which could see 24-hour walkouts this Friday and on Christmas Eve.
  • RMT members are also set to walk out on Friday in a row with Crossrail. According to the Daily Telegraph that strike could threaten the travel plans of around 90,000 passengers on the CrossCountry train service linking Penzance to Aberdeen.
  • Better news: strike action which has upset ferry services between Scotland and the Orkney and Shetland islands has been suspended.

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