Saturday 16 December 2017

Tube drivers strike in defence of 'drunk' colleague

Commuters in a train carriage on King's Cross station (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Commuters in a train carriage on King's Cross station (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Alan Jones

Drivers on London Underground have voted to strike over the sacking of a colleague.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union backed industrial action by 299 votes to 221.

General secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members have voted for industrial action and the union will now consult extensively with our representatives before deciding on our next moves in this dispute.

"The union remains available for talks, at Acas if necessary, and as we have already stated we are ready to abide by any decision made at an Employment Tribunal and cannot understand London Underground's reluctance to agree to that course of action."

LU had urged union members to vote against strikes, insisting they had dismissed the Northern Line driver for failing two random breath alcohol tests, adding that it operates a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.

Nigel Holness of London Underground said: "We operate a zero tolerance approach towards the consumption of alcohol in order to keep customers and staff safe.

"You wouldn't let someone who had been drinking alcohol drive your family in a car, and we don't let people who have been drinking alcohol drive people's families in Tube trains.

"As we have made clear, strike threats will not alter our commitment to safety, nor will they make us consider reinstating a driver who failed two alcohol breath tests.

"RMT members have sent a clear message to their leadership that they don't support indefensible strike action on this issue.

"Less than a quarter of those eligible to vote for strike action did so.

"I urge the RMT leadership to see sense and recognise that there is simply no point in taking any further action."

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