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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.

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.

The future of health and social care in the UK

As the general elections in May take place, and the public wait to vote on the future of the UK government, political parties continue to promote their policies and views – and will do right up to election day.

Election 2015

Delivering their 2015 election manifestos, Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP are weighing in on some of the UK’s most pressing issues.

The economy, growth, immigration, tax, the EU; all of these have proven to be strong talking points for each party. But perhaps one of this year’s most talked about issues, health and social care, has been at the forefront of many of the parties’ discussions.

Health and social care

NHS funding, mental health, GP access, integrated care, public health and NHS reform, are just some of the main topics in dispute in this year’s election. Each party offers different promises and actions, and have diverse views on the future of the UK healthcare system.

With such vital sector in question, there’s no doubt that issues and policies related to health and social care should be treated with care. So, if you’re voting in the 2015 general election, it’s worth knowing a little more about each parties’ proposed plans.

Main party pledges

Here are just a few of each of the main parties’ health and social care pledges:

Labour

  • An annual £2.5 billion ‘time to care’ fund for health and social care, paid for by a mansion tax and a levy on tobacco firms
  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS
  • Will integrate NHS health care and social care

Conservative

  • A minimum real-terms increase of £8 billion a year by 2020 to fully fund the NHS
  • Seven-day access to GPs by 2020 & same day appointments for over-75s
  • Will improve access to mental health treatments

Liberal Democrat

  • Funding for NHS to be £8 billion higher in real terms by 2020
  • £3.5bn extra for mental health – £1.25bn for children/teenagers and £250m for pregnant women/new mums with depression
  • Will integrate health and social care budgets

Green Party

  • Pledged to increase NHS funding by £20 billion a year, and social care funding by £9 billion a year, by 2020
  • Will ensure the NHS is fully publicly-funded, ending privatisation
  • Will repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012

UKIP

  • Pledged an extra £3 billion a year for the NHS by 2020
  • Will spend £200m on scrapping hospital car parking charges
  • Migrants and visitors to UK must have private health insurance

At Olympic South Ltd (OSL) and the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group, we’ve always maintained our services, and worked to give our customers and service users the best possible treatment. As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, we take great interest in political issues, as changes to the healthcare industry are likely to affect our work. But, as our main priority is to help and serve the public, it’s important that we maintain our high-level of services no matter the political climate.

For more information about this year’s general election, why not visit the BBC’s Election 2015 website.

To find out more about our range of specialist transport services, visit the HATS website today or follow Olympic South Ltd on Twitter.

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.