London Underground (LU) has disputed the basis for strike threats made by the RMT union, claiming proposed industria action about safety fears is actually about the sacking of a driver - for failing to follow safety guidelines.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is threatening to strike tomorrow on the Victoria Line, which would bring it to a close.
It claims the strike is to protest against:
- The failure to install the Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment on the Victoria Line which is operational on all other lines on the Underground
- A demand for the reinstatement of sacked train driver Carl Campbell whose dismissal was confirmed this week.
- An end to management misuse of attendance and disciplinary procedures.
- An end to the victimisation of RMT activist Glenroy Watson
However, London Underground has hit back, saying the strike action is to protect a single driver they say was sacked for failing to follow safety procedure.
The RMT is seeking to force London Underground to reinstate a driver who put passenger safety at risk and then sought to cover up for his mistakes.
LU Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins
TfL say the driver was: “Dismissed for failing to follow safety procedures – potentially putting passengers at risk. The RMT is striking as London Underground has refused to re-instate the driver.”
LU Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins, said: “The RMT is seeking to force London Underground to reinstate a driver who put passenger safety at risk and then sought to cover up for his mistakes. The RMT is dressing this up as a issue about the safety of trains – it is not. Victoria line trains have been operating well and safely for 40 years, during which time the RMT have never raised this as an issue.
“The reason London Underground has an excellent safety record is because of our strict procedures. It is London Underground, not the RMT, that is defending the safety of passengers and staff,” he said.