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London Underground workers strike for colleague’s reinstatement

Issue No. 2112

Strikers back Jerome Bowes (third from left) on Monday

Strikers back Jerome Bowes (third from left) on Monday

Around 100 London Underground staff at Elephant & Castle, Charing Cross and Lambeth North struck for 24 hours from Sunday evening to demand the reinstatement of a colleague.

Station assistant Jerome Bowes was sacked for defending himself against an assault from a member of the public on New Year’s Eve.

Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the British Transport Police deemed that there was anything to arrest him for.

The RMT members at the three Bakerloo Line stations, voted by a margin of nine to one to strike to demand Jerome’s reinstatement.

The daily violence faced by tube staff was underlined when a man mouthing racist remarks attacked picket Joe Thompson outside Elephant & Castle at 6.30am on Monday morning. A man was later taken away by police.

Jerome told Socialist Worker, “I am so grateful for this solidarity with my case. I have been treated unfairly and all management’s claims to stand up for staff in such a situation have been exposed as totally hollow.”

One of the pickets said, “Station staff did not cross the line, and some drivers also refused to cross, even though they were not officially part of the action. We want him fully reinstated.”

Cleaners plan next step

Cleaners on the London Underground are discussing the next step in their fight for a living wage and against the suspension of workers by the ISS company. Send messages of support to c/o Olly New, 39 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD.

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Tue 29 Jul 2008, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2112
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