By Max Clarke

RMT Union members under Bob Crow’s leadership have scheduled strikes on Nothern Rail lines from the 27th to the 28th December in anger to a proposed pay increase of 5.2% while a separate strike on Arriva Trains Wales has also been called for the 27th.

Meanwhile, the train driver’s union Aslef have today announced that strike action by its Tube Drivers will be taking place on Boxing Day. Union members voted 9-1 in favour of the strike protesting being made to work on Boxing Day without generous overtime pay.

ASLEF general secretary Keith Norman says the dispute centres around a ‘bizarre’ management claim that Boxing Day is ‘an ordinary working day’. The union argues that this is nonsense and insisted on generous premium rates for working on the day following Christmas Day.

With rail services disrupted nationwide as a result of the recent extreme weather, news of the various strikes being called so soon after Christmas has not been well received. In the backdrop of separate strikes over job losses from London Underground ticket offices, Londoners have faced days of disruptions over the past months and are likely to be facing more in the near future.