Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    2 / -5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

London subway strike to frustrate Boxing Day shoppers


09:54, December 26, 2011

LONDON, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Shoppers in London will face frustration by a scheduled 24-hour strike by underground train drivers on December 26, the Boxing day this year.

According to a press release issued by ASLEF, Britain's trade union for train drivers, on December 22, the High Court refused to back a call by the London Underground to halt the strike. ASLEF is demanding for more pay for drivers.

ASLEF said it was delighted that the Court agreed that the action was legal.

Some Londoners expressed their unhappiness for the inconvenience as the move will disrupt their plan for the Boxing Day, the first day of the post-Christmas sales and a traditional Christmas shopping rush.

"Only at this time of the year that we have so many holidays and at this time of the year, they have stopped us from going anywhere, from enjoying the Christmas," said Sakshi Singh.

Some gave their support to the strike. "It is some voice to be heard. And I think even though it creates inconvenience, it shows a lot of unhappiness that is going and it shouldn't be covered up," said Londoner Mada Maji.

London Underground said only 42 percent of ASLEF members voted to strike in the ballot, while the union said 92 percent of those who voted cast their ballots in favor of strike action.

Local media reported that tube staff are planning more strikes in future time respectively on 16 January, 3 February and 13 February.

London Underground has promised to run as many Tube services as they can and extra buses will operate on the busiest bus routes on the Boxing Day.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Christmas atmosphere in over the world

  2. Jinan MAC "Queshan Run-off 2011" drill

  3. People attend Christmas Day mass in church

  4. Thousands of Russians rally in Moscow to protest election

Most Popular


  1. Noda's trip enhances China-Japan mutual trust
  2. Economic outlook for next year could be dimmer
  3. Human library promotes understanding
  4. For amiable China-Japan ties
  5. Europe should make greater efforts to save itself
  6. China unlikely to see hard landing in 2012
  7. Euro depreciation affects Asian manufacturing
  8. To whom does Pacific Century belong?
  9. US media hypes 'cyber Cold War'
  10. Farmers find city life unfair: report

What's happening in China

Throughput of Three Gorges Dam exceeds 100 mln tonnes

  1. Car-truck collision kills four in central China
  2. China donates equipment to AMISOM
  3. Blaze races through electronics market
  4. Agriculture-related fiscal spending surges this year
  5. Licensed lawyers number 200,000 in China

PD Online Data

  1. Traditional Mooncakes
  2. About Mooncakes
  3. History of Mooncakes
  4. Modern Mooncakes
  5. Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival