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Rail strike announced for bank holiday Monday

[Update: the TSSA and the RMT have suspended the 24-hour strike, that was set to start on Monday at 5pm. The TSSA and RMT said they received a new pay offer from Network Rail (NR) – 14:52 21st May 2015]

Working within the transport industry, at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group and Olympic South Ltd, we’re always aware of the sensitive nature of our work and do everything in our power to retain services which are prompt and undisruptive.

Reliability at HATS

As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, at HATS, our range of services are built to be robust, flexible and overall, reliable. Our clients and service users are our priority and have shaped the way our company has run for years. And whilst strikes and disruptions often take place throughout the public sector, at HATS, we insure the upmost reliability and do everything we can to produce services that run on time, and most importantly, stay on time.

Public sector transport

Reliability in the public sector, particularly within transport is paramount. Bus services, ambulances, trams, trains and everything in between, are an essential part of our lives, and when disruptions arise, the fallout can be enormous. And with the bank holiday quickly approaching, it appears disturbances are just around the corner, with the biggest strike in more than 20 years set to take place on the 25th of May.

UK rail network strike

The UK’s rail network is bracing for a huge strike this coming May bank holiday, which is said to likely effect train services on all national rail routes.

Network Rail issued a statement warning of severe disruption saying: “Should the industrial action go ahead there is likely to be severe disruption to rail services on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th May, although this is likely to vary considerably by route”.

Bank holiday – Monday 25th May

If the strike goes ahead as planned on Monday the 25th of May, it will include members of both the TSSA and RMT unions, who are calling for better pay and job guarantees – meaning there will be a large shortage in maintenance staff, signallers and white-collar worker at Network Rail.

With one of the largest strikes in recent years set to take place over the long weekend, needless to stay, delays on the Monday and Tuesday are likely to be extensive. So, if you’re travelling, make sure you’ve prepared in advance.

For more updates regarding the UK rail network strike, you can visit the Network Rail website. And for more information about the HATS Group, Olympic South Ltd 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.

Henry Bilinski: Healthcare and Transport Services

The United Kingdom is one of the most diversely populated countries in the world, with an unwavering ethos towards welcoming people into its community and then safeguarding their presence.

Specialist Transport Provider

As a Service Provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, Healthcare and Transport Services recognise the diverse needs, requirements and idiosyncrasies not only within each authorising body but also within each department or clinic and, further still, within each client.

Flexible and Efficient Service

Our ability to deliver a fully robust, yet flexible service model using an efficiency based platform is demonstrated continually. It is also supported by references from our extensive current partnerships within the healthcare and education industries.

The HATS Group

Additionally, we are acutely aware of the financial constraints under which the public sector is now expected to operate. In the current climate, and in the undoubtedly trying times which are set to follow, we will operate in partnership with our public sector partners to assist them in their continued ambition for cost savings. We believe in the implementation of continued and sustainable efficiency gains whilst ensuring that service levels either improve or remain commensurate. This philosophy has enabled Cost Pressure Improvements and cash releases to take place on a regular basis.

For more information about HATS and the services we provide, make sure you visit us online today.

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HATS Group Create Position of Director of Transport & Fleet Quality Standards

At Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we pride ourselves on our ability to maintain high-quality standards in all of our services. And with the appointment of a new Director of Transport & Fleet Quality Standards, I’m delighted that we can continue to provide the best transport services possible.

A newly created position that we have been searching to fill for over two years, we are very happy that Michael Burke has joined the HATS Group in the new role. A qualified City & Guilds HGV Fitter, Michael also holds a Certificate of Professional Competency in both Road and Passenger Transport Management.

Michael joins the HATS Group from An Post (National Post Ireland), at which he held the position of Transport Manager; overseeing 63 branch managers, 1,200 drivers and a fleet of more than 2,800 vehicles in 200 locations.

In his new role as Director of Transport & Fleet Quality Standards, Michael is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our vehicle compliance, assuring our high standards are kept throughout the company.

After being able to find someone of Michael’s background and skill, we at the HATS Group are very much looking forward to the on-going development of the quality of service we deliver to our customers.

Michael recently commented on the new role saying “I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity. I had spent the previous ten years working with An Post during some of the most difficult economic times in memory. With the support of some very able staff we were able to lower costs whilst maintaining the highest service levels expected from the Irish Post Office.

“I expect to be able to use some of this experience to drive down costs at HATS while enhancing the quality of service we deliver to our Service Users and Regulatory Bodies. As an approved CPC Holder and tutor by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, I will be looking to develop a highly focused team around me, and am confident all stakeholders will see the benefits of HATS committing to this project.”

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

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Henry Bilinski.