Tube drivers to vote on strikes over sackings

Tube drivers are to be balloted for strikes in a row over the sacking of two colleagues.

Almost 1,500 RMT union members will vote on whether to walk out, with the ballot result due on April 27.

The Rail Maritime Transport (RMT) union claims Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas were sacked because of their trade union activities.

Transport for London (TfL) strongly denies allegations that the two workers were unfairly dismissed.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow: "The attack on Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas is the clearest-cut case of victimisation on the grounds of trade union activities that you will ever see."

A TfL spokesman said: "It is absolute nonsense to suggest that these individuals were dismissed unfairly due to their union activities.

"It is disgraceful that the RMT leadership is now choosing to ballot when both cases are still going through the employment tribunal process," he added.

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