Whatever the rights or wrongs of striking, this is the decision I expected from the court because this is exactly what happened when they tried to cancel the strike on last Boxing Day.
I don't know why London Underground decided to throw money at barristers thinking that circumstances had changed since last year.
I'm usually very pro-union and pro-public sector but I suspect this has more to do with tube drivers wanting to enjoy Christmas Day without having to worry about being random breath-tested the next day.
London Underground has a policy that all operational staff (station staff and revenue inspectors as well as tube drivers) can be randomly drink /drug tested and they must blow ZERO.
Even airline pilots can have a quick drop of the hard stuff but not train staff.
Many mainline train companies don't work Boxing Day and I think the tube should shut down on Boxing Day too so that people can get used to it and make alternate arrangements.
Christmas is different from other public holidays and I don't think it would hurt to close the transport system down for 2 days to allow people to spend time with their families instead.
I don't think anybody outside the emergency services should be made to work at Christmas.
No ones forcing them its part of the job there are lots of people working apart from the Emergency services, Security, Shop workers, Recovery drivers to name a few,
They will be running at reduced capacity so i would suspect that not all of them will be working and at the end of the day its the job they signed on to do if they dont like it find alternative employment
For £50,000 a year id hapily work every bank holiday