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Boxing Day tube walkouts may lead to more strike negotiations

A row has erupted over whether tube staff should be paid more for working on Boxing Day.

13 December 2010

Further rounds of strike negotiations between London Underground managers and union officials representing tube staff may be required to prevent industrial action being taken on Boxing Day.

A row between the two organisations has erupted after the workers' body Aslef said it wants its members to receive additional pay for doing their job on December 26th.

Following a vote, a nine-to-one majority were in favour of staging a walkout in protest at LU's refusal to offer supplementary wages after it said a deal had already been struck concerning work arrangements on bank holidays.

"It is disgraceful that Aslef should try to hold Londoners and London Underground to ransom in this way," said a Transport for London spokesman.

General secretary of the union Keith Norman noted it is not surprising its members have taken this stance as December 26th is not a normal working day "to any reasonable person".

Last week, LU stated the Rail and Maritime Transport union should end its "pointless" threats of industrial action. 

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