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Tube workers to strike against victimisations

Issue No. 2232

Three crucial strikes are set to take place on the tube over Christmas. Two of the walkouts are against the victimisation of RMT union activists.

Bosses have sacked driver Eamon Lynch, the union’s health and safety rep on the Bakerloo Line. He remains on full pay after an “interim relief” Employment Tribunal hearing found in his favour.

Despite this, the company has since upheld his sacking.

Tribunals only grant interim relief where there is clear evidence that an employee has been dismissed on the grounds of their trade union activities.

Management claim they sacked Eamon following an “operational incident”, but he has an unblemished 15-year record.

RMT members at Elephant and Castle and Queens Park traincrew depots are set to strike for 24-hours from 9pm this Friday 17 December.

Arwyn Thomas, a driver at Morden, is facing disciplinary charges following unproven allegations by strikebreakers.

RMT members at Morden traincrew depot are also set to strike for 24-hours from 9pm this Friday.

RMT general secretary, Bob Crow, said, “There is not a shred of doubt that the two disputes are over clear-cut cases of victimisation.”

Drivers in the Aslef union are also set to strike after voting by nine to one to walk-out on Boxing Day over management’s failure to offer any extra pay for working on this bank holiday.

RMT and TSSA union members continue to debate escalating their action against job losses. A protest over the issue was set to take place on Wednesday 15 December.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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