Tube drivers plan Boxing Day strike
London Underground drivers have voted massively in favour of striking on Boxing Day in a row over pay, it has been announced.
Members of Aslef backed industrial action by 9-1, threatening disruption to soccer fans and Christmas shoppers in the capital.
The union is claiming triple pay and a day off in lieu for its members working on December 26, saying LU is refusing to offer any extra pay.
Aslef general secretary Keith Norman said: "It is painfully obvious to any reasonable person that Boxing Day is not an ordinary working day and therefore it is no surprise that Aslef members have reacted in the way they have."
The vote was 1,025 in favour of striking, with 127 against, a 9-1 majority in favour of taking action on Boxing Day.
The Tube has been hit by a series of strikes in recent weeks by members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association in a separate row over jobs.
A Transport for London spokesman said: "It is disgraceful that Aslef should try to hold Londoners and London Underground to ransom in this way.
"London Underground 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.
"LU has made every effort to resolve this issue with the Aslef leadership, which has refused to attend talks at Acas to discuss its claim for triple time and a day in lieu for its members."