United Kingdom -Major strikes at London tube; temporarily suspended -August 25, 2015

Major strikes have disrupted traffic on the London tube and Northern Rail. Both tube and rail workers organised work stoppages that halted transport. The 48 hour London tube strike held from Wednesday 8 July onwards was the largest in a decade, halting all 11 metro lines. More strikes followed 5 August. The conflict centres around pay and weekend work in a new work roster due to be implemented in September. The tube workers said they find it more and more difficult to balance work and family life, as weekend work and shifts at anti-social hours continuously increase, scheduling some drivers to work 14 weeks of nights per annum. Following what representatives called ‘constructive’ talks the trade unions called off the walkouts for the last week of august, but strikes would still go ahead on 8 and 10 September unless a deal was achieved.

English: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tube-strike …

http://news.sky.com/story/1530497/tube-strike-huge-queues-as-london-grinds-to-halt 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tube-strike-live-london-braced …

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

 

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