Uh oh. There could be a Tube strike next week

And that’s on top of the planned bus strikes on Friday and Monday

Tube workers have voted for strike action today, in protest at a colleague who was fired after allegedly failing an alcohol breath test before reporting for duty.

The RMT union balloted members over whether they supported the action. 299 workers voted “yes”, while 221 voted “no”.

The union is legally required to give at least seven days’ notice before any strike action is undertaken.

This means that a strike could begin on February 17th at the earliest.

Meanwhile, continuing bus strikes over differing rates of pay are also affecting commuters in London, with the next wave to hit the capital on Friday and Monday.

Why does RMT want a Tube strike?

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London Underground said that lives could have been put in danger.

The RMT disputes the test results.

According to the Evening Standard, Nigel Holness, London Underground operations manager for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said: “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 other peoples’ families in Tube trains.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have voted for industrial action and the union will now consult extensively with our representatives before deciding on our next moves in this dispute.

“The union remains available for talks, at ACAS if necessary, and as we have already stated we are ready to abide by any decision made at an Employment Tribunal and cannot understand London Underground’s reluctance to agree to that course of action.”

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