London Bridge Tube station staff to walk out in sacking row

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 8, 2017

Until 10pm tonight, members of the RMT union at the station will not be challenging any passengers who refuse to produce a ticket, oyster card or bank card.

But the station remains open, and the strike will not affect customers, Transport for London insists.

The union claims one member has been sacked and two others disciplined following a "violent incident" at the station in November.

The latest labor disagreement between the LU and the unions took place in late March as the authority prevented Night Tube drivers from moving to vacant full-time positions for at least 18 months.

The RMT maintains the staff should have been praised for tackling a violent passenger.

'That member of staff has now been sacked in what the union describes as an "appalling miscarriage of justice".

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: 'Our members are standing up in support of their victimised colleagues at London Bridge and with LU making it absolutely clear they have no interest in the principles of natural justice, we have no option at all but to take this industrial action. ‎It is about a fare dodger stopped and asked to pay his way who then turns violent and attacks staff doing their job.

Tube workers at one of London's busiest stations to start 24-hour strike tonight
The walk out is in dispute over the sacking of station staff at London bridge

"The offer to the RMT leadership to view the CCTV footage remains open, and we continue to encourage them to see sense and call off their upcoming ballot asking members across the whole network to strike without knowing the full facts".

'LU's message to thugs is that you can keep on fiddling your fares and lay into staff with impunity, and it will be the frontline tube workers who get the sack.

"This strike is totally unjustifiable and the version of events given by the RMT union is simply untrue".

"It is outrageous. This is one of the most appalling abuses of the LU disciplinary procedure that RMT has ever come across".

Operations director Brian Woodhead said: "CCTV footage from a number of different angles clearly shows a staff member displaying unacceptable conduct when dealing with a member of the public".

During the assault, the fare dodger had allegedly pushed a pregnant member of staff in the stomach and punched another member of staff twice.

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