Northern Line Tube drivers to strike over sacked driver

Tube train Members of the RMT on the southern end of the Northern Line will walk out on 1 December

Drivers on a busy London Underground (LU) line are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over a driver's sacking.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on the southern end of the Northern Line will walk out on 1 December.

The union claims the driver was sacked in a "blatant and clear cut case of victimisation". LU said the ballot would "achieve nothing".

Neither side would comment on reports the driver had been drinking on duty.

LU says it operates a zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol at work and that "anyone found to be in breach of this policy faces a disciplinary process and possible dismissal".

RMT general secretary Mick Cash: "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."

The union has been approached by Acas and Mr Cash said the RMT was happy to hold talks.

Nigel Holness, LU's operations director for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said: "The RMT leadership has balloted its members whilst the appeal process is still in progress.

"This is in breach of its agreement with us to exhaust all processes, including Acas, before balloting members in such cases.

"The result of the RMT leadership's ballot will not influence our decision and will achieve nothing. Any strike action by the RMT will simply lose its members pay."

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