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Union bosses are locked in last-ditch talks with London Underground (LU), which hopes to avert a disastrous Boxing Day strike on the network.

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Members of Aslef are thought to have voted for the walkout, though the union has refused to reveal the result of the ballot while talks continue with employers.

A strike on December 26 would be the third Boxing Day strike in as many years, in a dispute over bank holiday pay which dates back to 1992.

A stoppage would disrupt Tube services in the capital, causing chaos for shoppers, sports fans and visitors.

Howard Collins, LU’s chief operating officer, said: “We have been in discussions with the Aslef leadership to find a way to end this dispute and we made what we believed was a very fair offer. Unfortunately, this was not accepted and the offer has now been withdrawn so that further options to resolve the issue can be explored with the union today.

“LU has a long-standing agreement with all trade unions which covers working arrangements on bank holidays, including Boxing Day. However, we have shown good faith and tried to find ways forward.

“Further industrial action will not achieve anything and I would urge Aslef leadership to work with us to resolve this dispute.”

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