London Underground drops appeal against ‘squash playing’ driver

An
appeal against a tribunal’s finding that the sacking of a Tube driver caught
playing squash while on sick leave was unfair, has been dropped.

London
Underground said it had reached a settlement with Chris Barrett who lost his
job last year after being seen leaving a sports centre. Barrett’s claim that he
had been advised to exercise to help his ankle injury was upheld by the
tribunal.

It
has been reported that Barrett received £8,500 in the settlement.

In
May, an employment tribunal heard how Barrett, who earned £32,000 a year,
injured his ankle while playing football. He said he had played squash to test
his ankle’s strength after becoming bored of the gym.

The
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union backed Barrett and a strike was held
in support of him in November 2003.

By
Mike Berry

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