Friday’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended for talks tomorrow

Friday’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended for talks tomorrow

08 February 2017

The 24-hour strike at the Woolwich Ferry, scheduled for Friday (10 February), has been suspended for talks to take place tomorrow (Thursday 9 February), Unite, the country’s largest union, said today.

Talks are due to be held between Unite and the GMB union with Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), over a number of issues, including a bullying culture and health and safety issues.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We can confirm that Unite has suspended the 24-hour strike action, scheduled for Friday, for talks to take place tomorrow.

“Unite will be entering into these negotiations in a constructive spirit. However, we reserve the right to take further industrial action, should insufficient progress be made.”  

Further 24-hour stoppages are scheduled to start at 00:01 hours on 17 February; 24 February; 3 March; 10 March; 17 March; 24 March; 31 March; 7 April; and 14 April. 

The free service opened in 1889, following the abolition of tolls across bridges to the west of London, although a ferry has been in place at the site since the 14th century.


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.