Piccadilly Line drivers are anxiously awaiting the judgment in Zak Khan's appeal against dismissal, and preparing for industrial action should LUL management reject the appeal.
Zak had a SPAD, over-running the first semi on the way out of Boston Manor eastbound. Management have had the cheek to designate this an 'aggravated SPAD', because despite Zak's best efforts, it was hard for him to get through to them on their less-than-impressive communications systems. (Full details here.)
It is incredibly harsh for Zak to be sacked, and his sacking represents a serious stepping up of LUL's disciplinary regime. Does anyone think it is a coincidence that more drivers seem to be getting the sack since management noticed that they have a significant number of over-establishment drivers?! Funnily enough, station staff are noticing something similar.
That's why Piccadilly line drivers are willing to strike for Zak. We know that it's Zak this time, any of us next.
Zak's appeal has rescinded his sacking, but dipped him to CSA at Waterloo, with dismissal suspended for a year, and driver's ticket withdrawn.
His workmates' determination to fight has clearly pressured management into backing down to some extent, but this is still a very harsh punishment.