Rail union announces London Tube strikes
Drivers on London's underground rail network plan a series of strikes later this month and in June over the sacking of two colleagues, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said on Wednesday.
The RMT said the strike action by its members was planned for between May 16 and May 20 and between June 13 and June 17.
It added that 1,500 drivers would take part, threatening the worst disruption on the Tube since a series of strikes in late 2010.
The move follows a 2-1 vote in favour of industrial action by RMT members in protest at the dismissal of the two drivers, Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas.
In a statement on Wednesday, RMT's outspoken leader Bob Crow described the sackings as "the clearest case of victimisation on the grounds of trade union activities that you will ever see."
London Underground says Thomas was dismissed because of "abusive behaviour" towards colleagues and Lynch because he "over-rode his train's safety systems and drove the train with complete disregard for established procedures".
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