Rail union calls off London Tube strikes

10th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Drivers on London's underground rail network on Tuesday cancelled a series of strikes planned for later this month and in June, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said.

The RMT initially voted for members to strike between May 16 and May 20 and between June 13 and June 17 over the sacking of two colleagues, Eamonn Lynch and Arwyn Thomas.

Lynch has since won his claim of unfair dismissal while Thomas is taking his case to an employment tribunal.

"This dispute has only ever been about securing justice for our members who have been unfairly dismissed," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.

"As a result of this agreement, Eamonn Lynch can return to work with his continuity of employment and standard of living protected," he added.

Around 1,500 drivers were due to strike, threatening the worst disruption on the Tube since a series of strikes in late 2010.

London Underground said Thomas was dismissed because of "abusive behaviour" towards colleagues and Lynch because he "overrode his train's safety systems and drove the train with complete disregard for established procedures."

© 2011 AFP

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