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Tube drivers to vote for strike action over sackings

Tube drivers have voted in favour of strike action in a row over the sacking of two colleagues.

The RMT union said it would "consider the appropriate course of action" after almost two-thirds of its members voted in favour of a walkout.

The union claims Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas were sacked because of their trade union activities.

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

'Choosing to ballot'

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Eamon and Arwyn have been victimised for fighting cuts to jobs and services that would turn the Tube into a death trap.

"This vote for action sends out the clearest signal that workers who stand up for Tube safety will get the full support of RMT members."

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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