Tomorrow’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended, as talks m...

Tomorrow’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended, as talks make ‘positive’ progress

20 April 2017

Tomorrow’s strike (Friday 21 April) that would have hit travellers using the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended, as ‘positive progress’ has been made in talks today (Thursday 20 April) in the dispute over a bullying culture.

Unite, the country’s largest union, held talks this morning with Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Tomorrow’s strike on the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended as we have made very positive progress this morning in talks with the management. Our members will be working normally.

“We will be holding further talks on Tuesday (25 April) where we hope to resolve the outstanding issues. Unite won’t be commenting further until those talks have concluded.” 

About 3,500 vehicles a day use the free service across the Thames which opened in 1889, following the abolition of tolls across bridges to the west of London. An estimated two million passengers also use the ferry annually.

There has been a ferry has been in place at the site since the 14th century.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • 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.