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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.

Henry Bilinski: The HATS Group in 2015

After such a brilliant 2014 here at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’re really excited about the year ahead of us and the further development of our comprehensive range of specialist services.

Strong relationships

As CEO at HATS for over 15 years, I’ve seen the company go from strength to strength. We’ve built strong relationships with both our local partners, trusts and community members, providing safe and reliable care to those in need. And that’s something that we will continue this year.

Catering to the public’s needs

Working alongside the NHS and local authorities, both within Greater London and the adjacent counties, we’ve been able to produce services which cater to the public’s needs. And in 2015, we aim to further dedicate our time to our clients and their wellbeing, streamlining our fleet with the implementation of new vehicles and technologies.

Dedicated staff

Working alongside a tight-knit and highly-trained team of individuals at HATS, our staff are not only fully qualified, but they’re also down to earth. We always try to stay true to our roots and remain dedicated to our community, and this is achieved through our various equal opportunity employment policies. This year we want to continue to grow and broaden our incredible team in Wimbledon. We’re always on the lookout for talented and passionate people, and have a number of openings for those interested in healthcare and transport.

At HATS we’re constantly looking for new ways to help improve and develop our services for our customers. And as 2015 continues, we’ll be doing everything in our power to make sure we still provide the very best experience possible.

Thanks for reading,

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group 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.

HATS Group Partnership Agreement with Northgate PLC

I’m proud to announce that the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group have signed a partnership agreement with Northgate PLC, which involved the delivery of approximately £1.3m worth of brand new vehicles as part of our home to school fleet.

A market leader in commercial vehicle leasing, Northgate PLC has a UK wide network of 62 branches with a total fleet size of 53,000. Having operated in the sector since 1981, Northgate are one of the UK’s most trusted and reliable vehicle leasing companies. And it’s a great step forward to be working with them.

Chris Cannon, Fleet Compliance Manager at HATS, who will be responsible for the fleet of Northgate vehicles commented, “I am over the moon. I was the Fleet Services Manager at Ford for many years and so I have a good understanding of Ford product. Everybody from Northgate has been great to work with so far and the drivers think they new kit is brilliant which is obviously important to us. Lets hope it’s the first of many deliveries”.

Northgate Logo

Northgate recently commented on the recant partnership saying:

“During the first quarter of 2014, Healthcare & Transport Services and Northgate Vehicle Hire (NVH) entered in to a new partnership agreement which saw the supply of 26 vehicles early in Q2.

“NVH provided HATS with a flexible, risk free acquisition method for the fleet whilst demonstrating an efficient maintenance support network. This would ensure HATS could focus their time and energy on doing what they do best, running reliable, hassle free transport services for their clients.”

HATS’ Fleet Procurement Manager and his team have done a brilliant job in structuring this new deal. And I hope that this new working relationship will continue to help us develop and grow our range of transport services.

Everybody in the industry knows influence and presence that Northgate has, and what services they can offer companies like HATS. It’s a great advance which will undoubtedly help support the needs of our trusted clients.

For more information and details about healthcare transport, please feel free to visit the HATS Group online today.

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Henry Bilinski.