Union urged to end 'pointless' Tube strike threats

Union leaders were today urged to end "pointless" strike threats on London Underground after the result of latest ballots for industrial action.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union working on the Northern line rejected strikes in support of a driver facing disciplinary action, while on the Bakerloo line 42 voted for walkouts out of 119 balloted over the dismissal of a driver.

Howard Collins, LU's chief operating officer, said: "It is completely irresponsible for the RMT to threaten strike action in support of these drivers, one of which was dismissed for a serious breach of safety rules, and the other who will de dealt with in relation to allegations of totally unacceptable and abusive behaviour towards colleagues.

"The Bakerloo line mandate is flimsy at best, while Northern line staff have completely rejected the call for unjustified strike action.

"For the RMT leadership to try to disrupt Londoners in this way shows a complete disregard for Tube passengers. They should end these pointless strike threats, which do nothing but cause problems for Londoners and lose their members a day's pay."

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, said: "RMT has a range of options in defending our members who have come under attack for supporting the union fight to defend Tube safety. Those options will now be considered in detail by our executive."