Having failed to reach an agreement with our elected representatives LUL have hit upon the brilliant idea of appealing directly to the ASLEF members, the same people who voted 8-1 in favour of going on strike for the last two years and will probably do exactly the same this time around.
The choice of carrots LUL have dangled in front of our noses to try and tempt us to vote against the strike or strike break if the worst comes to the worst are:-
• Volunteer to work on Boxing Day for double or triple time, in exchange for one or two days' leave entitlement respectively
• Volunteer to work on Boxing Day as normal but take the annual leave on another day (which is the current arrangement)
• Take leave on Boxing Day provided that there sufficient volunteers to meet our service obligations. If there are insufficient volunteers to meet the service obligations, duties will be allocated starting with those newest to the train operator grade.
All very nice but unfortunately for our dark overlords slightly illegal. According to the ASLEF website under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you cannot offer pay in lieu of untaken holiday except when employment is being terminated. Also it fails to mention that when 26th December falls on a Saturday or Sunday we do not get a day's annual leave because the Bank holiday moves to 28th December.
Oh yes, my friends, we have the finest minds running things from the lofty towers of 55 Broadway.