Tube strike over sacking of driver who drove through three red lights

first_imgA TfL spokesperson told The Telegraph: “He went through three red lights. After drivers are trained, when they get to a red signal, they are supposed to stop, wait for it to go green then go through.”In his first 11 weeks after training, the driver went through three red lights.”After his first time we gave him three days of training with an instructor, after his second time we gave him five days of training and then we gave him five days of rest.” “If a driver goes through a red light, there could be a train in front of them which gives a risk of collision. It endangers customers and endangers that driver and other staff members.”Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said the dispute is over a lack of meetings with TfL.He said: “We have repeatedly offered to meet LU to discuss this dispute but, instead of getting around the table, they have sent a stream of letters threatening legal action to try to prevent our members from exercising their democratic right to strike.”ASLEF members at Acton voted by 98% in favour of strike action. But, instead of recognising the concerns of our members, and reps, LU management are refusing to acknowledge that they have failed to follow their own procedures; threatened a disciplinary hearing to make a driver “agree” to be redeployed; and now refuse to talk to this union. According to TfL, they offered the driver a new role on the station floor, after assessing that keeping him as a driver would mean a possible danger to live.The spokesperson explained: “We had a meeting with him, as agreed with the trade union, in which we agreed with him he would go to a station staff role- that’s where he came from in the first place, he was station staff. “When management are intent on getting their way by threats and intimidation then we need to take a strong stand to protect our agreements and ensure fair treatment at work.” London Underground drivers walked out on Friday in a protest over the sacking of one of their colleagues who reportedly drove through three red lights.Transport for London said the driver in question was offered an alternative role after putting lives at risk by not stopping when indicated to do so.The 24-hour strike on the District Line, organised by the Aslef union,  is the result of a dispute over the treatment of the driver.Services on the line are expected to be severely disrupted throughout the day.According to Transport for London, in his first  11 weeks driving, the driver passed through three red lights, two of which are said to have been passed at danger within a four-week period. District line has severe delays due to strike action, your tickets will be accepted on the local buses.— District line (@districtline) April 13, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more