Voting is still going on on about industrial action to defend London Underground maintenance workers who were sacked after empty beer cans were found in their mess room. The workers were employed by Metronet, a private sector consortium. This week another worker was sacked, bringing the total to eight.
Bobby Law, RMT London Regional Organiser, said: "There is not a shred of evidence to link any of those sacked with the cans.
"We support the drug and alcohol policy as much as anyone, but these sackings are wrong. Feeling is running very high over this - particularly now that another worker has been dismissed. The union had evidence that drunken members of the public had, on occasions, had to be removed from the mess room, said to be easily reached by a gate from the platform.
"A further search of the cabin five days after the men were sacked found more beer cans in the rubbish bin. The previous weekend to the discovery, last year, the mess room had been used by at least 60 people."