Arsenal have postponed their Premier League match against West Ham on Boxing Day because of a possible Tube strike. The Aslef union has called the strike in a dispute over bank holiday pay. The club said they have yet to decide when the match will be rescheduled.
Howard Collins, London Underground's chief operating officer, said before the strike dates were announced: "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"Unfortunately, this was not accepted and the offer has now been withdrawn so that further options to resolve the issue can be explored with the union at Acas today.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."
The Tube drivers' strike was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of strikes in a long-running row over extra pay for working on Bank Holidays.
– Aslef spokesman
The ballot result shows the strength of feeling that remains on this issue. The union is committed to finding a solution which offers voluntary working and compensates those who do attend.
It will be the third successive Boxing Day walkout by Tube drivers in a dispute over Bank Holiday pay which dates back to an agreement in 1992.
The stoppage will disrupt Tube services on a busy day in the capital, causing chaos for shoppers, sports fans and visitors.
Talks have been held at the conciliation service Acas, but the dispute remains deadlocked.
London Underground drivers are to strike for 24 hours on Boxing Day, and January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay, Aslef said today.
Last-ditch talks aimed at averting a Boxing Day strike by London Underground drivers are being held, with little sign of a breakthrough to a row over pay.
Members of Aslef are believed to have voted in favour of industrial action, although the union has not formally announced the result of its ballot while talks are continuing.
If the strike goes ahead, it will be the third successive Boxing Day walkout by Tube drivers in a dispute over Bank Holiday pay which dates back to an agreement in 1992.
A stoppage would disrupt Tube services in the capital, causing chaos for shoppers, sports fans and visitors.