Tube drivers on strike today

by - 26th December 2011, 7.30 BST

Tube drivers are today on strike in London, but workers at Wightlink ferries have called off their planned action.

ASLEF members working in London Underground (LU) are striking over being forced to work on Boxing Day. They said LU should have asked for volunteers to work the holiday, providing triple time and a day off in lieu as in incentive.

LU tried to stop the strike by taking out an injunction against the union, claiming the action was illegal because drivers who were not scheduled to work had voted in the ballot.

However, Mr Justice Eder sided with the union, saying: “I do not consider that the fact that the ballot included persons who would not themselves go on strike renders the ballot held in breach of legislation.”

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “Whilst we’re obviously very pleased with today’s verdict, we feel that two days have been wasted going through the courts when we could spent that time finding a resolution to this dispute.”

Members plan to walk out again on 16 January, 3 February and 13 February over the same issues.

Today’s game between Arsenal and Wolves has been moved to tomorrow because of the strike.

Meanwhile, RMT has called off its planned strike at Wightlink Ferries after a member of staff the union claims was sacked for being an activist has found a new job.

Paul Kelly was dismissed by the company on what the union dubbed “blatantly trumped up charges” after leading a union campaign against the imposition of new rosters and highlighting management deficiencies which had led to the intervention of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the grounds of safety. The union said he was victimised.

However, now Paul Kelly has a new job the union has stopped the planned strike action, although it will still pursue the case through an Employment Tribunal.