A UNION baron threatening to cause summer travel chaos is facing a sexual harassment probe.
Manuel Cortes is accused of putting his arm around an ex-worker’s shoulder and asking her to kiss him.
Claire Laycock also alleges he asked her to “go outside” at a Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association Christmas bash in 2019.
She said general secretary Cortes apologised at an informal meeting but could not recall his actions as he had been boozing.
An independent probe will now be held into the claims which the TSSA has not upheld in two investigations.
The outside inquiry will also examine allegations of bullying by senior union staff.
In a statement, the TSSA said it will be a “full and willing participant” in the investigation.
It said Cortes, 55, fully supported the decision to hold a probe.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is absolutely right that there must be an independent investigation
“We must stop sexual harassment in our unions and in our workplaces, whenever and wherever it happens.”
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Cortes — TSSA general secretary since 2011 — said last week that the union, RMT and ASLEF, are set to ballot members on Network Rail plans to axe 2,5000 jobs.
He said: “We will coordinate our action.
"It will be a summer of discontent.
"I’ll have a strategy in place that causes the maximum possible disruption.”