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London Underground strike to defend sacked union rep

Issue No. 2256

Tube drivers on London Underground are the latest group of workers planning to strike on 30 June.

Members of the RMT union are preparing for more action to defend Arwyn Thomas, a victimised rep.

Drivers voted for strikes in defence of Arwyn as well as Eamonn Lynch. Eamonn won his Employment Tribunal and was reinstated.

Management agreed to talks to resolve Arwyn’s case, so the RMT called off planned strikes.

But bosses instructed their legal team to only talk about a financial settlement, which Arwyn has rejected.

The union estimates bosses have spent £250,000 on victimising Arwyn, who won an interim relief hearing as part of his Employment Tribunal and is on full pay despite his dismissal.

The RMT was to activate its ballot with a strike by members booking on for shifts after 9pm this Sunday.

Action will then escalate with strikes by members booking on shifts between 9.01pm on Monday 27 June and 11.59am on Tuesday 28, 12 noon on Wednesday 29 and 11.59am on Thursday 30 June and 12 noon and 9pm on Friday 1 July.

The strikes will have a severe effect on the running of the tube network.

It is right for the union to take action and not leave Arwyn’s fate in the hands of a judge. Tube bosses have targeted reps because they want to weaken the RMT in order to drive through cuts.

Everyone should support this fight, which is also about defending the service. Drivers on London Underground, in and out of the RMT, should show their solidarity.

Arwyn told Socialist Worker, “I’m pleased that tube workers will be the first group taking action. I hope it will encourage others to join the day of co-ordinated strikes and protests on 30 June.”

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Tue 14 Jun 2011, 18:17 BST
Issue No. 2256
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