Rickmansworth industrial action

20 July 2010

Seventy-seven tube train drivers, members of ASLEF, took strike action for 24 hours on 20 July after one of their number – a driver with a 33 year unblemished record - was unfairly dismissed from train driving.

Acting General Secretary Simon Weller says the incident that led to the discipline occurred when a woman passenger was trapped in a door, injured her leg and was left on the platform.

‘It was a regrettable incident, of course – but the sanction is totally unfair in this instance. This driver had 33 years unblemished service and he was not at fault,’ Simon says. ‘The problem was caused by safety deficiencies, especially concerning mirrors, which we had reported regularly to management.

‘It is utterly wrong that one of our members should be disciplined because management failed to react to our warnings. Our members are perfectly entitled to react against this flawed judgement – which is why 90% voted in favour of the action .’

The action, which may not close the Metropolitan line station entirely, is intended to cause maximum internal disruption to the company.

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