Woolwich Ferry staff set for strike ballot
PUBLISHED: 10:32 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:32 07 February 2019
The newly-reopened Woolwich Ferry could face further disruption as staff are set to be balloted over strike action.
Unite, a union which represents 31 workers on the ferry, has said it will hold the ballot between February 14 and March 6 following a dispute over pay, health and safety and lack of staffing.
The ferry, which is operated by Briggs Marine on behalf of Transport for London, is currently operating a limited service after a three-month closure to allow new terminals to be constructed.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “A new service was launched a few days ago and the current dispute follows a restructuring which means fewer staff operating the ferry.
“It also results in significantly less pay for our members as more staff are on a shift system, so overtime is no longer payable, hence the six per cent claim for a hike in basic pay.”
A TfL spokesperson said: “We urge all parties to sit down and talk through the issues to try and resolve them as soon as possible.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.