London Underground Drivers have threatened to strike on April 29th – the day of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
This could chaos for Londoners requiring to travel around the capital, as it was also recently announced that the local roads in Westminster will be closed to the public, allowing attendees to travel to the ceremony and wedding reception venue safely.
The drivers are threatening April 29th as their strike date in order to gain leverage in a row over bank holiday pay. ASLEF, the trade union for London Underground drivers, has made requests for three days’ pay and a day off in lieu for tube drivers who work on bank holidays.
Speaking to the Press Association, the managing director of the London Underground, Mike Brown, claimed: “Tube drivers already have very fair levels of pay and get around seven weeks/ holiday a year, including allowance for bank holidays.”
“Londoners will be simply stunned at such a claim. The only way to resolve this issue is by getting round the table for constructive talks,” said Brown, asking the union to consider options other than strike action.
“The ASLEF leadership is tearing up long-standing agreements that cover pay and annual leave and demanding even more. I urge [them] to end pointless strike threats and work with us to resolve this without any disruption to London,” he added on BBC News.
The threats come only weeks after Tube drivers undertook strike action on Boxing Day, causing massive disruption on one of Britain’s largest and busiest shopping days. Although London Underground had previously take action to halt the strike, it went ahead unaffected.