At least the RMT and TSSA had the decency to pretend their recent strikes were about something other than getting Ken Livingstone back into City Hall. In the past few strikes a veneer was put over the unions’ actions, but the Boxing Day stike called by ASLEF doesn’t even bother to do this.
The union have torn up a long standing agreement which covers bank holiday working and demanded triple time plus a day off in lieu for any drivers who are scheduled to work on Boxing Day, despite the already having received increased pay and 6.8 weeks off each year.
It looks as though Ken Livingstone intends to fight the next Mayoral election through the transport unions, hoping that the disruptions will be blamed on Boris. This is cynical politicing at its worst, this will inconvenience many Londoners, hurt the lowest paid (who often don’t get paid if they can’t get to work) and harm the economy to the tune of £millions each strike day. I don’t believe for a minute that Londoners will fall for it.