A long-running dispute between LU and Aslef over the issue of bank holiday working has boiled over to the threat of strike action. Aslef have been calling for triple pay and time off in lieu for drivers working over bank holidays. As The Standard reports, TfL have countered with an offer that drivers are "able to cash-in up to two days of untaken leave and be paid double time" - an offer which could be worth £500.
The union have rejected the offer and are balloting for strike action, with the result due on 17 December. This gives London's retailers little time to prepare for the eventuality of strikes on what is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.
If this strike goes ahead it could very negatively affect the London economy in these straightened times. Aslef must work with LU to find a sensible way forwards. To do anything else would be reckless and irresponsible.