Unite joins fight to save the historic Woolwich Free Ferry

Unite joins fight to save the historic Woolwich Free Ferry

16 April 2015

Proposals that could see the closure of the Woolwich ferry, which has been free for more than a century, have been condemned by Unite, the country’s largest union.

Unite said that the threat to the ferry, whose history stretches back to 14th century, comes from Transport for London (TfL) that is working on a package of new river crossings for south-east London -  one of which would result in the closure of the Woolwich Free Ferry.

Unite has 26 members - crew, electricians and road traffic teams – working on the ferry service which carries more than 3,500 vehicles and 5,000 passengers a day across the Thames between Woolwich and Greenwich.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We are very proud to be able to say that it is our members who run and maintain this fantastic service.

“The Woolwich Free Ferry is not just a historic tradition – it is, in fact, a vital part of today’s capital transport infrastructure.

“We have members whose families have worked on the ferry for generations and Unite believes that the ferry should be there for future generations to use.

“A free ferry is something that is worth campaigning to save and now we must all join together to fight to preserve it. Unite will be part of that fight.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940. 

  • 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.