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If you were planning on hitting up the Boxing Day sales, you may want to reconsider. ASLEF, the train drivers union, has confirmed that London Underground drivers will be striking on December 26th, January 18th and January 25th.

Tube drivers across London will stop working on those dates because of a dispute about pay. This is the third consecutive Boxing Day that the disgruntled drivers have walked out, leaving shoppers and tourists in the lurch.

ASLEF members voted 9 to 1 in favour of the strikes, showing they are serious about wanting extra pay on bank holidays. This dispute has been ongoing since 1992, and London Underground’s Howard Collins said: “Further industrial action will not achieve anything”. How very glass half empty.

According to figures released by Transport for London through a Freedom of Information request, the average tube drivers’ salary is £42,424 a year. They also get generous pension contributions (£13,151) and overtime, as well as a £250 bonus for customer satisfaction, and free unlimited travel in the capital for them and a spouse or partner for a year (worth more than £4000).

But, there’s no need to fear. Westminster City Council has said that parking in the borough will be free on Boxing Day, meaning that if you have a car you won’t miss out on the sales. Or, alternatively, you could just take the bus. 


London tube driver strike confirmed for Boxing Day
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