Richard Tracey AM, the London Assembly Conservatives' Transport Spokesman has criticised ASLEF for threatening to strike on Boxing Day.

Commenting Richard Tracey said: "Several years ago ASLEF urged their Members to sign up to a very generous new contract offer from TfL. This contract gave employees a big salary increase in return for being willing to sometimes work on bank holidays, including Boxing Day. This contract was freely signed. Now ASLEF's leadership are trying to tear up this contract.

"It has long been clear that London needs new strike legislation to require that 50%+1 of all eligible members vote in favour of strike action in order for that action to go ahead. This threat comes after the breakdown of talks that TfL should not need to have. ASLEF are trying to blackmail Londoners and, in so doing, have reinforced the case for Parliament to pass fresh legislation to take the Unions' feet off London's throat."