THE RMT union has called off action on the London Underground after management finally agreed to reinstate sacked union rep Arwyn Thomas.
London Underground had claimed that Thomas had verbally abused a strike-breaker at Morden, but an Industrial Tribunal found that his dismissal had been because of trade union activities.
In fact, CCTV evidence showed clearly that not only had Thomas not been abusive but that he had been pursued across the station by the strike-breaker who was openly trying to provoke a confrontation, said the RMT. This evidence was backed up by a passenger witness.
But management had been fiercely resisting reinstatement, even after the chair of the tribunal had asked London Underground managers to take fifteen minutes to consider taking Thomas back.
“This trade union would not be worth its salt if we didn’t stand up and fight injustice and Arwyn Thomas’s case is probably the clearest cut case of victimisation on the grounds of union activities that you will ever see,” said RMT general secretary Bob Crow. ■