Let's hope the weather improves soon - there are more rail and tube strikes on the way.
The tube strikes are an odd one, so bear with us. RMT drivers are striking in support of Arwyn Thomas, who was sacked last December for - according to LU - "unacceptable and abusive behaviour towards colleagues", or - according to the RMT - union activities. Tom Edwards at the BBC has looked into the case and notes that an interim tribunal, back in January, thought it likely that Thomas will be successful at his full hearing in a few weeks.
TfL disputes that there have been any findings, interim or otherwise, won't discuss the case until the full tribunal and have gone to appeal to get the strikes called off. It's a fair point to ask why the RMT are striking even though there's a good chance Thomas will get his job back, and it's all about strike law - their 56-day strike mandate will run out before the tribunal. (Maybe they should have waited before running the ballot.)
Anyway. What you really want to know about is the dates, right? They're odd too.
- 2101 19th June - 0300 20th June
- 2101 27th June - 1159 28th June
- 1200 29th June - 1159 30th June
- 1200 - 2100 1st July
Strikes over pay are also planned on the Heathrow Express. RMT staff plan to walk out for 24 hours from 0915 on 26th June, and work to rule on 25th and 27th June.