The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has declared its staff will strike from 21:00 on Saturday March 7, until 04:00 on Sunday night over the sacking of a colleague – Alec McGuigan, who reportedly failed two breath tests.
ITV reports that London Underground officials are expecting a ‘small chance’ of disruption on some tube lines, but foresees a good service during the strike.
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The London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, Nick Brown said of the walk-out, “This indefensible strike is about one RMT driver dismissed for failing two alcohol breath tests. We will not be swayed by it as we will never compromise on the safety of our customers and staff.
“You wouldn’t let someone who had been drinking alcohol drive your family in a car, and we don’t let people who have been drinking alcohol drive people’s families in Tube trains. Less than a quarter of the RMT members eligible to vote for strike action did so.
“For the RMT leadership to announce a strike regardless shows how completely out of touch they are, just as the timing demonstrates that they know they have very little support from their members on this issue.”