By a Tubeworker
RMT members employed on track and signal maintenance by Metronet on the London Underground will stage a 24 hour strike from 6 am on Friday 12 March. RMT members employed by Metronet on track and signal maintenance on London Underground voted by 5 to 1 to strike in support of sacked colleagues.
Eight workers have now been sacked. The sacking arose after empty beer cans were found in a mess room. Responding to the vote Bob Crow General Secretary of RMT said: "There is not a shred of evidence that the men had been drinking. The company must stop conducting a witch hunt and reinstate the sacked members. Otherwise there will be serious disruption on the Tube lines operated by Metronet - the Circle and District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and East London. I will meet directors of Metronet next week to discuss the dispute and am warning of further strikes if no progress is made. Safety is paramount to our union and the RMT would never condone the use of drink or drugs while staff were on duty."