Tube strike set to hit London on Boxing Day

By Rob Virtue on December 17, 2012 6:00 PM |

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Tube drivers have voted overwhelmingly in support of strike action over a dispute on Bank Holiday working practices, meaning Londoners face Boxing Day disruption.

Last minute talks are still taking place between London Underground and union ASLEF in a bid to reach an agreement but the union revealed on Monday its members backed a walk out.

In the ballot they voted nine to one in support of a walk-out.

This paves the way for a strike by drivers on Boxing Day as well as January 18 and 25.

The union wants its members to be able to chose whether they have to work on bank holidays rather than be rostered to.

If the strike goes ahead it will be the third year in a row the Tube has been hit by industrial action in the 24 hours following Christmas Day.

Commuters and shoppers will be hit by the action, as well as football fans, with a big fixture list planned for that day.

Arsenal FC has already revealed it would look at calling off the Boxing Day clash with West Ham United at the Emirates if the industrial action went ahead.

The club has yet to confirm its position in response to the latest news.