24 November 2014
RMT Press Office
RMT tube drivers, operating out of the Northern Line’s Morden Traincrew Depot, are to take strike action following the dismissal of a colleague in what the union says is a “blatant and clear cut case of victimisation and abuse of procedures.”
The decision to move to a strike comes after massive “Yes” vote amongst the members concerned.
RMT’s executive has today instructed affected members at Morden Traincrew Depot NOT TO BOOK ON FOR SHIFTS THAT COMMENCE BETWEEN:-
• 04:44 hours on Monday 1st December 2014 until 04:43 hours on Tuesday 2nd December 2014.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“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 unattributed briefings to the media that our member had been sacked for “drinking on duty” are totally untrue. Our member has a specific medical condition and the union maintains that it was the failure to follow agreed procedures that have led to this unwarranted dismissal and the subsequent strike action. The London Underground Director who reviewed the case has accepted openly that the management side have not followed their own procedures.
“RMT remains available for talks as we seek justice in this blatant and clear cut case of victimisation. The union has been approached by ACAS and is happy to hold talks through their offices but LU management have refused that offer. We hope that they will now agree to get back round the table to reach a resolution. ”