Drivers on the London Underground have voted to strike over the firing of a co-worker who reportedly failed an alcohol breath test before going on duty.Failed it twice, in fact. And the vote only went through by the slimmest of margins, on a 41% turnout.
Nigel Holness, London Underground operations manager for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, said: “We don’t let people who have been drinking alcohol drive other peoples’ families in Tube trains.”“And thanks awfully to the idiots in charge at the RMT for allowing us to paint them as people who care more about their union members than they do about the travelling public. Again. We couldn’t do this without you, guys!”
In a released statement on the union website, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash wrote: “A culture of harassment and misuse of procedure is rife on London Underground at the moment and the Union will not stand back while individuals are fitted-up and picked off as has happened in this case. One person has already been unfairly sacked and if we do nothing it will happen again.”Newsflash: You’re defending someone caught drunk in charge of a public transport vehicle. Twice.
You’re losing the PR war. Especially, as Longrider points out, when these men are your generals!