Underground workers threaten second tube strike on 5 August

After the chaos of the last tube strike, London underground workers are yet again threatening more disruption to services. Last time members of four trade unions staged a 24 hour strike, which crippled services across London – and now they all plan to walk out at again on August 5.

Undisruptive services at HATS

At the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we are well aware of the frustration and damage that such disruptions can have. Strikes such as this one heighten the responsibility that we have as a transport service to the public sector.

We understand just how important reliability in the public sector is. At HATS, the services we provide for the healthcare and education industries are built to be robust, flexible and most importantly, reliable. We realise that these strikes are not an uncommon throughout the public sector, but that makes us at HATS even more determined to power to retain services which are prompt and undisruptive.

Night service fallout

Aslef, RMT, Unite and TSSA members will all strike at 9.30pm on August 5 in a row over servicing the new Night Tube service. The unions are unhappy about pay and rosters for the new 24-hour service, which is due to start in September. All-night weekend services are set to begin on September 12 on sections of the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Immediately after the proposal Aslef announced that its members would be striking due to the pay and conditions for the service. Soon after the other three unions followed suit, as drivers argued that they would have to work unlimited night shifts for no extra pay. Conciliation talks are due to start tomorrow and they now have three weeks to sort it out to avoid the commuter chaos which took place last week.

Effect on businesses

The tube is an essential part of many people’s lives in and around London, particularly for commuters trying to get to work. But who suffers most when disruptions hit?

The last strike caused huge delays and rush hour on the roads began even earlier as commuters tried to find alternative ways to get to work. The strike cost businesses millions of pounds as employees worked remotely and meetings were cancelled. The economy took a huge hit and if this proposed second strike goes ahead the damage to British businesses could be even greater.

For more information about the HATS Group and our range of comprehensive transport services, visit us at www.HATSGroup.co.uk.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.