Publication Date: May 10 2011
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that tube drivers strike action – due to commence next week – has been suspended following an agreement with London Underground to re-employ unfairly sacked driver Eamonn Lynch, and agreement to hold further discussion aimed at resolving the unfair dismissal of sacked driver Arwyn Thomas in advance of his Employment Tribunal.
RMT 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.
As a result we have agreed to suspend the action to allow those further discussions to take place over the next week.
I want to pay tribute to the loyalty and determination of our members on London Underground who have continued to stand shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues Eamonn and Arwyn. Their strength and courage has been a shining example to the entire trade union movement.”
RMT General Grades Committee decision:
Following consultation with our representatives, we accept the agreement tabled to us, which
- secures the re-engagement of Eamonn Lynch without loss of salary;
- establishes a review of industrial disputes;
- arranges legal discussions in the Arwyn Thomas case in an attempt to resolve the dispute, which in our view can be resolved only by his reinstatement; and
- agrees a further meeting between LU and RMT next week.
Accordingly, we suspend all Industrial Action due to commence next week.
We acknowledge that it has been the commitment of our members to solidarity with their sacked workmates that has led us to this position. Our members remain committed to taking action to achieve justice if necessary.
We therefore instruct the General Secretary to place this matter back in front of us on Monday 16 May with a report on progress with the legal talks on the Arwyn Thomas case. We expect these talks to result in Arwyn’s reinstatement, and should that not be the case, it is our intention to call further strike action similar to that previously planned, as requested by our train grades representatives.
We instruct the General Secretary to make clear our stance in full to London Underground Ltd and to the media.