Tube workers to strike over sacking

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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London Underground has urged passengers to check before they travel this evening because of a strike by Tube workers in a row over the sacking of a colleague.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 9.30pm until 3.59am on Sunday after voting for industrial action over the dismissal of a driver for failing two alcohol breath tests.

London Underground (LU) said it had zero tolerance towards drugs and alcohol but the union has described its policy as “outdated and flawed”.

The company said it intends to run a good service on all lines but warned there was a “small chance” of disruption.

Nick Brown, LU’s chief operating officer, said the strike was “indefensible”, adding: “We will not be swayed by it as we will never compromise on the safety of our customers and staff.

“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.”

John Leach, the union’s London regional organiser, said: “LU seem more concerned with defending their flawed policy than they are in treating fairly someone with an unblemished 29-year record.

“The type of machine used to test employees has been known to fail, indeed a failure was recorded last year at Acton depot when a manager tested positive, but the machine was deemed to be faulty. It is LU directors who are defending the indefensible.”

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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