A solid strike by train drivers in the Aslef union on London Underground has had a severe effect on the running of the tube network today (Boxing Day). The workers are furious that management have failed to offer extra pay for working on the bank holiday.
The strike has hit every underground line with the Circle and Northern lines suspended, and limited services and part suspensions on others.
The High Court threw out London Underground’s attempted injunction against the strike.
The drivers’ action follows four days of strikes by RMT and TSSA union members over job losses, and strikes by RMT members at Morden, Elephant and Castle, and Queens Park depots against the victimisations of two union reps.
Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas have both been sacked in what Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, called “clear-cut cases of victimisation”. Members struck for 24-hours in their support from 9pm on Friday 17 December. But it is clear that management will not back down without a wider, extended fight.
While talks are ongoing in the job losses dispute, RMT leaders have said they are planning to call 48-hour strikes in the new year if the issues are not resolved. Escalation of the action is vital in winning that dispute, and forcing the bosses back on other issues.