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Drivers on busy Tube line to stage a 24-hour strike

Drivers on a busy London Underground line are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over the dismissal of a worker. Members of the RMT on the southern end of the Northern Line will walk out on December 1.

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The union claims a driver was sacked in a "blatant and clear cut case of victimisation".

RMT has been pointing out for some time now that a new culture of harassment and misuse of procedures is rife on London Underground at the moment and the union will not stand back while individuals are fitted up and picked off as has happened in this particular case on the Northern Line. RMT members are well aware that the only defence that they have in these circumstances, when the internal machinery has been exhausted, is the unity and solidarity in the workplace. The union has been approached by Acas and is happy to hold talks through their offices.

– Mick Cash, RMT

To ensure the safety of our customers we operate a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol at work. Anyone found to be in breach of this policy faces a disciplinary process and possible dismissal. Furthermore, our health and safety procedures are fully in line with medical standards and are representative of best practice in the rail industry.

The RMT leadership has balloted its members whilst the appeal process is still in progress. This is in breach of its agreement with us to exhaust all processes, including ACAS, before balloting members in such cases. The result of the RMT leadership’s ballot will not influence our decision and will achieve nothing. Any strike action by the RMT will simply lose its members pay.

– Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Operations Director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines
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