Tube strikes called off after sacking-row driver is reinstated

Three Tube strikes planned for next week have been called off after the driver at the centre of the dispute was given his job back by London Underground.

Arwyn Thomas, whose sacking sparked a campaign of industrial action, won his claim of unfair dismissal at a tribunal this week.

London Underground said he was dismissed for alleged unacceptable behaviour towards staff but the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said it was because he was a union representative.

The tribunal found Mr Thomas was partly to blame for his sacking but said options other than dismissal should have been explored to discipline him.

The RMT said it would not press ahead with mass walkouts which were due to take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Transport for London said Mr Thomas had been offered re-employment, with a number of conditions that “recognised the seriousness” of his offence.

A spokesman said: “Mr Thomas will not return to his previous work location, and will be re-employed in a non-operational role, which does not involve customer facing duties.

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“The RMT leadership agree to end all industrial action in relation to this current dispute.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson, said he was “delighted” that the strikes would not take place.

“There was never any justification or need to wield industrial muscle to pre-empt a proper disciplinary procedure,” he said.

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