Union announces Woolwich Ferry strike suspension

PUBLISHED: 13:31 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:55 09 February 2017

The woolwich ferry service runs between Newham and Greenwich. Picture: Ian West/PA Images

The woolwich ferry service runs between Newham and Greenwich. Picture: Ian West/PA Images

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Friday’s Woolwich Ferry strike has been suspended with talks set to take place tomorrow, a union has said.

Unite had previously declared 12 days worth of 24 hour strike action to take place every Friday until April, citing a culture of bullying and sexual harassment, health and safety concerns and a failure to abide by agreements from Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, who run the ferry on behalf of Transport for London.

Regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We can confirm that Unite has suspended the 24-hour strike action, scheduled for Friday, for talks to take place tomorrow.

“Unite will be entering into these negotiations in a constructive spirit. However, we reserve the right to take further industrial action, should insufficient progress be made.”

A spokeswoman for Briggs Marine said: “Briggs Marine is pleased to confirm that Unite and GMB have agreed to suspend their planned action on Friday, 10 February and we expect to run a normal service that day.

“We have further meetings planned in the interim and will continue to engage positively with our staff and unions to find a resolution for the disputes.”

Further 24-hour stoppages are scheduled in the coming weeks unless the row is resolved.

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