By Marcus Leach
Transport for London (TfL) have said they will reinstate a sacked London Underground driver if told to do so by an employment tribunal as they look to avoid the latest planned strikes.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have warned that its members will walk out on June 19th, 27th and 29th, as well as July 1st.
In what will be the latest in a series of strikes by tube drivers, this time sparked by the sacking of Arwyn Thomas, who has taken a claim of unfair dismissal to a tribunal.
TfL have said they will only reinstate Mr Thomas if the tribunal orders them to do so.
"The RMT leadership should call off its threatened strike action, called in support of a member of staff dismissed for abusive behaviour towards his colleagues," a TfL spokesman said.
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, has written to RMT's Bob Crow concerning the matter.
TfL said the letter would "confirm that should the employment tribunal rule that Mr Thomas should be reinstated or re-engaged, we will abide by that decision."
In reply Mr Crow said this:
"The current programme of strike action beginning this Sunday evening remains on."
With the result of Mr Thomas's tribunal expected at the end of June there is little hope of avoiding at least some of the proposed strikes.
And if the strike goes ahead on the 19th as planned TfL have said they will run a 'near-normal' service on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Tube strike dates and times
Between 2101 BST on 19 June and 0300 BST on 20 June
Between 2101 BST on 27 June and 1159 BST on 28 June
Between 1200 BST on 29 June and 1159 BST on 30 June
Between 1200 BST and 2100 BST on 1 July
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