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Tube strikes called off

PUBLISHED: 14:22 11 May 2011

London Underground train

London Underground train

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Next week’s tube strikes have been called off after London Underground agreed to reinstate one of its drivers.

London Underground announced earlier that the strikes were off followed talks between the company and Rail and Maritime Union leaders.

The RMT initially dismissed the claim and said the strikes had not been called off but has now confirmed the action has been suspended.

Bakerloo line driver Eamonn Lynch, has won his claim of unfair dismissal, while the other dismissed worker, Northern line driver Arwyn Thomas, is also taking a case to an employment tribunal.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “This dispute has only ever been about securing justice for our members who have been unfairly dismissed.

“As a result of this agreement, Eamonn Lynch can return to work with his continuity of employment and standard of living protected.

“We now also have an agreement to enter into further discussions with relation to Arwyn Thomas, aimed at resolving his unfair dismissal case in advance of his employment tribunal.”

Mike Brown, London Underground managing director, said: “As we’ve always said, there are established mechanisms in place to deal with individual disputes, and that is the process that has been followed here.

“Following a meeting with the RMT leadership this morning, the RMT have withdrawn their threat of industrial action, and we have avoided significant disruption for London.

“Responding to the results of the employment tribunal, not to the threat of strike action, London Underground has agreed to re-engage Mr Lynch in our employment in an alternative position and to discuss Mr Thomas’ case further ahead of the planned tribunal.

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