Drivers' union ASLEF has called strikes on Boxing Day for several years, demanding payment for Boxing Day working.
It's fair enough to seek compensation for anti-social working at the expense of the bosses, although it's a shame that ASLEF showed little solidarity with the disputes of station staff and other grades during the same period.
But Boxing Day payment is not such an important demand that it's worth selling drivers' terms and conditions.
Yet Tubeworker hears that management and ASLEF negotiators seem to be cooking up a deal that would compromise the 2009 drivers' agreement in return for cash bung for Boxing Day.
Terms and conditions should not be for sale! The 2009 Agreement, agreed by ASLEF, already saw a deterioration of drivers' conditions. Working hours and locations are already far too flexible, especially for new drivers.
If ASLEF negotiates further deterioration of these terms, then drivers' lives will get tougher.
Drivers of all unions must send a clear message to the people negotiating on their behalf to reject this Boxing Day sale of terms and conditions. Drivers need to fight for improved, not worse, terms and conditions.