London Underground bosses have been urged to return to the negotiating table after a tube driver whose sacking is behind a series of planned strikes won an employment tribunal claim of unfair dismissal.
The capital faces six days of strikes in a row between over the sackings of Arwyn Thomas and Eamon Lynch which the RMT said were due to their union activities, a claim denied by LU.
An employment tribunal has now ruled in favour of Mr Lynch’s unfair dismissal claim, prompting union calls for Tube bosses to engage in “immediate” talks to “avoid plunging London in to two blocks of strike action that everyone knows will lead to massive disruption.”
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The tribunal has found in favour of the RMT, justice has been done and now we need to meet with the company to finalise arrangements that can enable us to move forwards as quickly as possible.”
London Underground says it would “study the employment tribunal judgment and carefully consider our next steps.”
However Managing Director Mike Brown said: “Whilst the Tribunal has made a finding of unfair dismissal, it has also found that on the 9 August 2010 Mr Lynch breached an established and significant safety rule and was in part culpable or blameworthy for his actions.”
LU repeated calls for the RMT to “immediately call off its strike threat”.
The RNT has also announced that it is to ballot members on the Jubilee Line for “action short of a strike” in a dispute over safety procedures.