Progress has been made in the Woolwich Ferry dispute talks and next Friday’s (17 February) 24-hour strike has been suspended to facilitate negotiations.
Talks were held yesterday (Thursday 9 February) between Unite and the GMB union, and 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: “Enough progress was made yesterday for the unions to suspend next Friday’s (17 February) planned 24-hour strike.
“We will be meeting the management next Friday for further talks to resolve the outstanding issues. We won’t be commenting further until these talks have concluded.
“However, we do reserve the right to take further industrial action, should a settlement not be reached.”
Further 24-hour stoppages are scheduled to start at 00:01 hours on
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.