RMT union leader Bob Crow has caused raw anger by declaring his intention to ballot members for strike action on the London Underground for 29th April 2011, the date of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
A statement released by the union, which has 80,000 members across the transport network says commuter 'assumptions' and 'expectations' were at the root of the planned industrial strike.
'Some people, particularly those prefixed 'HRH', just assume everything is going to be alright, that the Underground is just going to be magically working as and when they expect it to be and go and plan extravagant events like Royal weddings without any proper consultation.'
'These people place their plans in jeopardy by alienating those they expect to do the hard work.'
'Being a Royal, William should understand that the 52 days a year holiday my members get barely touch the sides. So there's no way we're going to let everyone have a public holiday whilst we are expected to run a normal service.'
The Palace has confirmed the soon to be Royal couple will be applying for a refund on their monthly travelcards for that date in disgust.
London Underground have called the plans 'predictable' and 'predatory' and questioned whether they had any right to claim a refund given they probably weren't going to be using their travelcards on that day anyway.
'It's a bit petty to be frank. Any claim for a refund will be categorically refused. There will be plenty of replacement buses which they are welcome to use for the big day, which incidently, we hope goes well for them.'