Different year, same story... the London Undergound drivers are to stage yet another Boxing Day strike, because of a row over Bank Holiday pay. Members of the Aslef union will walk out for 24 hours on 26 December (and also on 18 and 25 January). The result? Travel chaos in the capital, that will see many hard working families’ holiday plans quite literally go down the tube (Arsenal FC have already called off their Derby game against West Ham over fears that supporters and staff wouldn’t be able to reach the Emirates Stadium).
The strike also means that the capital’s shops and businesses - already hard hit by the recession - will suffer on what has traditionally been their busiest day of the year.
The drivers’ demands are downright disgusting. I know many, many Londoners who have to work on Boxing Day and do so without demanding triple pay, plus a day off in lieu.
In my mind, the tube drivers should be sacked for their distinctly unseasonal behaviour. There are scores of unemployed Brits who would kill to be paid to pull a few levers.
Let’s hope the drivers come to their senses and call off the strike. The capital has no place for Christmas Scrooges.