New Tube Strike Dates Announced
RMT to take action over sacked driver
Another set of tube strikes is on the horizon with the RMT saying its members are going to walk out on 19, 27 and 29 June and 1 July.
The union say they are striking because of the failure to agree to reinstate driver Arwyn Thomas. London Underground (LU) said the union should wait until the employment tribunal hearing Mr. Thomas's case has reached its conclusion.
Arwyn Thomas, a Northern Line driver who has been an RMT member for 29 years, is accused of acting an "offensive, abusive, intimidating, bullying, malicious or insulting" manner to two Tube workers.
Mr Thomas, an executive of the union's regional council, is claimed to have verbally abused Philip Worf, an employee of Tube Lines, at Morden. Another incident at Kennington station is said to have involved a verbal assault on the station supervisor.
The RMT have dismissed these claims as 'allegations by strike-breakers'.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow,
The RMT claim that LU's legal bill in fighting the case is over £250,000.
At the same time the RMT is also in negotiation with LU over a pay deal. They have already turned down a five year deal which would have given their members rise above inflation and a bonus payment for working during the Olympics.
Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, is looking at changes to the union laws which Mayor Boris Johnson hopes will make it more difficult for the RMT to call strikes.
Bob Crow has pledged to resist any changes saying,
June 9, 2011