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Strike solid at Morden

RMT reps and activists were feeling rightly chuffed with themselves on the picket line at Morden train crew depot this morning (1 December).

A majority of members of both RMT and ASLEF showed support for the strike for the reinstatement of sacked train driver Alex McGuigan. LU had to run a special service in the morning peak. By late morning, reps estimated around 13 out of 50 drivers had booked on; the car park was no way near as busy as usual.

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Support the Northern Line drivers' strike!

Alex McGuigan, a Northern Line driver at the Mordern depot with 29 years' service, was unjustly sacked by London Underground after he failed a breathalyser test which failed to take his Type-2 diabetes (which can trigger false positives) into account, and after which the company failed to test his urine sample for alcohol (testing it only for drugs, then destroying it).

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Northern Line drivers, Waterloo & City service controllers, Interserve cleaners: prepare to strike!

Northern Line drivers

A strike ballot for RMT driver members at the Morden depot on the Northern Line closes tomorrow (18 November). The strike is to demand reinstatement for Alex McGuigan, a Northern Line driver and RMT member with 29 years' service, who was unfairly sacked after a breathalyser test gave a positive reading but didn't take into account his Type-2 Diabetes or test his urine sample.

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Making Mischief

It seems that Boris Johnson thinks that a train being routed onto a single-track branch line heading straight towards another train is a small matter. BoJo derided those making an issue of the Mill Hill incident as 'just causing mischief'.

Someone should tell him that head-on collisions are much more than mischief. If speaking out about it makes you a troublemaker, then we need more troublemakers.

Get this man off our railway - he's a liability.

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Let's Get Cooking

For two years, ticket sellers at Euston asked management for a cooker in their messroom. They were ignored and fobbed off with every excuse under the sun. Finally, they decided to submit a collective grievance. Before management even let them submit the grievance, a cooker was ordered. A two-year-long battle was sorted within two weeks, thanks to the threat of a little collective action.

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Runaway Train

Final judgement on the infamous "runaway train" incident on the Northern Line in 2010 recently ended with a fine of £300,000 for London Underground. Shocking TV pictures were shown which highlighted just how close we were to disaster, avoided only by prompt staff action. Management should learn the lesson that safety should not be compromised for financial expediency.

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