London may see a Tube strike in the next few weeks as London Underground workers are set to be balloted on whether to take industrial action.
London Underground workers are up in arms after a worker was sacked for drinking alcohol at work.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Northern Line said that “a new culture of harassment and misuse of procedures is rife on London Underground,”
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.
“RMT remains available for talks as we seek justice in this blatant and clear cut case of victimisation.”
Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Operations Director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said: “To ensure the safety of our customers we operate a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol at work.
“Anyone found to be in breach of this policy faces a disciplinary process and possible dismissal. Furthermore, our health and safety procedures are fully in line with medical standards and are representative of best practice in the rail industry.
“The RMT leadership has decided to ballot its members before the disciplinary process has been concluded and before any employment tribunal has been heard. This is in breach of its agreement with us to exhaust all processes, including ACAS, before balloting members in such cases. T
“The RMT leadership’s ballot will not influence our decision and will achieve nothing. Any strike action would simply lose its members pay.”
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