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Are the Tube strikes close to ending?

February 4th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground tube 300x210 Are the Tube strikes close to ending?There could well be an end in sight to the problems that have seen strikes on the London Underground, which also means the Night Tube could be a reality.

A new pay deal has been offered to staff, and they’ve been urged to accept the offer. Of course, nothing is final yet, but one of the big players in this – the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union – have said that they’re in agreement with Transport for London (TfL) with their new offer.

Of course, there’s other unions involved in this situation who have to agree to the new deal as well, but this is very encouraging.

Basically, the low-down is that there’s going to be a lot of new staff being hired, and everyone’s going to be guaranteed a decent work/life balance. And there’s a decent pay package involved too.

The 10,000 people who work for TfL will now vote on whether or not they like the sound of all this on February 11th.

Mick Cash, RMT’s general secretary, said: “Following consultation with your representatives, the National Executive Committee will be recommending that you vote YES to accept the company’s offer as it relates solely to Pay & Night Tube remuneration and is the best offer attainable in the current climate.”

All the updates from TfL on the strike, can be found here. The Bitterwallet guide to getting around London without the Underground, can be found here.

london underground sign 300x199 Looks like this weekends Tube strike is going aheadThe strike that is planned for this weekend, looks like it’ll be going ahead. There’s going to be a 48 hour walkout on the London Underground, which of course, means huge disruptions to the services from 9pm on February 6th.

The TfL have said that the strike is going to officially stop on Monday, February 9th at 8.59pm, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday 6th February.

Of course, talks are still ongoing, but based on previous strikes, things are not looking like getting sorted any time soon.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The union demands to LUL on its Fit for the Future Stations programme are simple – no imposed rosters, no short notice duty changes and no imposition of new framework agreements. RMT will be attending the talks but with the clock ticking we are making it crystal clear that if there’s any dragging of heels we will be calling for an immediate reference to Acas.”

“With surging Tube demand, and against a background of chronic overcrowding, the union cannot and will not sit back while safety-critical jobs, that are the eye and ears of the service, are ripped away from our stations.”

All the updates from TfL on the strike, can be found here. The Bitterwallet guide to getting around London without the Underground, can be found here.

Union cancel their Tube strike

January 18th, 2016 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground tube 300x210 Union cancel their Tube strikeDo you live in London, and have been muttering swear-words under your breath? There’s a whole host of reasons you could be doing that in fairness, but we suspect you either resent paying nearly a thousand pounds per month to live in a bedsit, or the public transport.

Concerning the latter, there’s some good news, as the Unite transport union has suspended plans to participate in the Tube strikes that are imminent.

There’s supposed to be walkouts starting on January 26th, and then two more on February 15th and February 17th, again over the conditions to work the Night Tube.

Now, members of Aslef and RMT are still taking part in this strike at the moment, but Unite – who represents 600 engineers and maintenance staff – said that they’re not joining in, as talks are still taking place.

Hugh Roberts, national officer of Unite said: “Unite is suspending its three days of strike action this month and in February over pay and night working on the London Underground. This is to allow for further talks with the conciliation service Acas on these issues.”

“We will approach these talks in a constructive fashion and urge LU management to do the same.”

Will the other unions follow suit, and all their drivers? Doesn’t look like it at the minute, so this is not good news at all. Here’s our guide on travelling around London during the strike.

Free travel in London on NYE

December 8th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground sign 300x199 Free travel in London on NYEIf you’re in That London for New Year’s Eve, here’s some good news – you can travel for free on the Tube! That’s alright isn’t it?

Transport for London has announced that it will offer free travel on the London Underground, as well as buses, trams, the DLR, TfL Rail and London overground.

So here’s what you need to know – travel will be free from 11.45pm on December 31st until 4.30am on January 1st, thanks to a sponsorship deal with Kayak.co.uk.

Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, says: “Our partnership with KAYAK.co.uk will ensure that revellers will be able to welcome in the New Year knowing that they will be able to get home safely and for free.”

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to London’s celebrations and encourage customers to plan their journeys in advance so that they are aware of all their travel options.”

Of course, the services will be limited slightly. The Tube, Overground, DLR and trams will run a Saturday service. As for National Rail services, they won’t be running from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and Cannon St from Christmas Day until Sunday 3rd January 2016. There’ll be a reduction in services at Victoria, Liverpool Street and London Bridge.

More information about Christmas trains can be found at nationalrail.co.uk/christmas.

TfL release map showing walking time between stops

November 11th, 2015 4 Comments By Ben Telford

map1 TfL release map showing walking time between stops

 

Suppose its useful if you want to walk between stops on the same line but its fairly pointless for showing distances between lines. We’ll file this one under “yeah, thanks”.

Tubes hit by DLR strike

November 3rd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

The drivers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) have gone on strike, which of course, makes problems for the Tube across London. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Lewisham, a tree falls over at Goodge Street or something.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are doing a 48-hour walkout which kicked off at 4am, and passengers are being switched over to London Underground services where applicable.

Or, if you think you can walk it, have a look at this map below which shows you the distances between Tubes when doing it on foot.

Walking Tube map aryjoecreatives 0 500x330 Tubes hit by DLR strike

So why the strike?

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on DLR are rock-solid in their action this morning and I want to pay tribute to their unity and determination as they fight to defend safe operational practices and the basic principles of workplace justice.”

“Pickets have been out in force and it’s now time for KeolisAmey to recognise the sheer strength of feeling on the shop floor and to get round the table for meaningful talks that address the raft of serious issues at the heart of this dispute. The disruption caused by the shutdown of DLR this morning is entirely down to the intransigence of the management and now it’s time for them to stop the posturing and start talking.”

Rory O’Neill, Transport for London’s director of DLR, said: “We are disappointed that strike action called by the RMT leadership is causing disruption to DLR customers. The only way to resolve their dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands, who operate the DLR on our behalf, is through meaningful discussion rather than unnecessary strike action.”

“We have put on extra buses, on existing bus routes, that operate along the DLR route and staff will also be available to help. Other TfL services are operating but will be busier than normal particularly at key interchanges with the DLR network. We ask customers who are able to, to consider avoiding the busiest times if they can.”

Here’s our guide to getting around London without the Tube.

london underground sign 300x199 Tube strikes are back   this time, the Piccadilly LineWe’ve not had any Tube strikes since the decision to have a Night Tube was shelved – however, it is back again, this time, with workers on the Piccadilly Line voting to stage a walkout.

The staff there have said they’re going to walk, after what they called a campaign of ‘bullying, harassment and intimidation’ by Transport for London. Roughly 70% of the RMT union members gave their support to the decision.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said today that the “anger on the shop floor is reflected in massive votes for action.”

He added: “The wholesale abuse of procedures and agreements by management on the Piccadilly Line is rife and amounts to the development of a campaign of bullying, harassment and intimidation that the union will not allow to continue. The combined weight of these issues has built up to a comprehensive and fundamental collapse in industrial relations that the company have done nothing to address leaving RMT with no option but to ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike.”

There’s no date set for the strike as yet, but we’ll keep you informed, as per.

September Tube strikes called off

September 2nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground tube 300x210 September Tube strikes called offThe RMT union has suspended the strikes they were due to hold next week on the 8th and 10th of September. This is thanks to the postponing of the Night Tube. This is good news for those wanting to travel to the England qualifier.

They said: “As the implementation of night Tube has been suspended until we reach agreement and we are continuing discussions and negotiations on all related matters, RMT has suspended the strike action called for September 8 and 10.”

“However we remain in dispute and all industrial action called to not co-operate with Night Tube at local level including modelling and trials remains in place.”

“If further negotiations prove negative then further industrial action will be called in defence of our agreements and for proper pay for our members.”

It seems like some small progress is being made, as a couple of strikes in August were also called off by the unions.

This is great news for people visiting and living in London, as the situation in the city was pretty chaotic when unions held two 24-hour strikes in July, which saw the Tube closing completely.

Tube strikes called off!

August 25th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground sign 300x199 Tube strikes called off!The two 24-hour Tube strikes that were planned for this week have been called off. Unions and London Underground managers have been in talks over the dispute regarding the Night Tube, and the Unite union said that action has been postponed as a “gesture of goodwill”.

There’ll be further talks. And potentially, there’ll be further strikes too. If talks break down again, then the Tube strike will take place on 8th and 10th September.

A Unite officer, Hugh Roberts, said that there were some “remaining sticking points”, but for now, enough progress has been made in talks, so that industrial action can be suspended. He added that he now hopes that Underground management would “seize this opportunity to reach a deal that fully addresses our members’ concerns”.

The new strike dates are interesting though, as they’re just two days before the Night Tube is supposed to kick off. It is fair to assume that the Night Tube won’t be happening on those dates.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “I would urge the unions to continue with positive discussions that will help to deliver a night Tube service that will bring huge benefits to our city.”

General secretary of the RMT union, Mick Cash, said: “We have still not reached a final agreement and as a result we are putting on additional strike action next month.”

Tube Strike: Four days of carnage, or something

August 21st, 2015 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

london tube strike 300x207 Tube Strike: Four days of carnage, or somethingThere’s a planned strike on the Tube next week and, if we’ve learned anything from the previous ones, it is this – people outside of London will find it very, very difficult to care, and that the press will report on it all with words like ‘CHAOS!’ and ‘CARNAGE!’, like it is a Godzilla movie or something.

So, if you’re outside of London and don’t care, watch this funny video instead. For those inside the capital, or planning a visit, here’s some news.

Transport for London has issued a warning to commuters, saying that they’re going to face four days of madness and disruption on the Tube. This is all dependant on whether or not the strike happens, but really, we all know that it will almost certainly go ahead.

TfL has stated that Tube services will be affected between Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th August, with the first strike running for 24 hours from 9pm on August 25th, and the second for another 24 hours from 9pm on the August 27th.

Of course, those who work on the buses (why would they strike? We know it’s a great life on the buses – there’s nothing like you’ll agree), DLR, the trams, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and the river services won’t be striking.

A TfL spokesperson said: “These services will operate as normal but they will be much busier than usual, especially during peak hours, between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 August. Roads and National Rail services and terminals will also be much busier. We will run whatever Tube services we can on those four days, based on the staff that sign into their shifts. All customers are advised to allow more time for their journeys.”

“Extra bus and river services will run to help Londoners get around and roadworks will be suspended wherever possible. Additional Santander Cycles hubs will be in place at key central London locations to make cycling an easier option.”

HEY, CHECK OUT THE BITTERWALLET GUIDE TO GETTING AROUND LONDON DURING THE TUBE STRIKE

Night Tube – now delayed

August 12th, 2015 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground sign 300x199 Night Tube   now delayedIf you were looking forward to the Tube’s night service, then firstly, have you missed all the strikes that have been going on? And secondly, the service will be delayed, thanks to the aforementioned strikes.

It was supposed to be arriving in London in September, but that doesn’t look likely now as it will be pushed back.

The plan was to have a night service was going to be on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern Lines, but not now. There’s been conspiracy theories doing the rounds that the powers that be weren’t ever ready for this service and certainly didn’t have the money to see it through, so the strikes that have been taking place have been a very useful way of covering that up. However, they’re conspiracies, and they’re always meant to be taken with a vat of salt.

As for the strikes themselves, one union, Aslef, have said that their drivers won’t be joining the new strikes from 6.30pm on August 25th and August 27th. That’s not to say they won’t change their minds – this week’s talks went straight to deadlock, with further meetings to be had with the bosses of London Underground expected later on this week.

If they fail, then you can expect that Aslef members will be joining those from RMT, TSSA and Unite unions, who are most certainly striking in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday.

How to travel around London during the Tube strikes

New Tube strike dates announced for August

August 11th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground tube 300x210 New Tube strike dates announced for AugustThere’s another strike due on the London London Underground, where the Tube will be closed down through industrial action.

And it is coming much sooner than you think.

Tube workers will stage two strikes over the continuing dispute over pay deals and the night Tube. The RMT union have said that 24-hour walkouts will kick-off at 21:00 BST on Tuesday 25th August and at 21:00 on Thursday 27th August.

That’s going to be tantamount to three days of disruption for commuters. There’s going to be some fraught patience from some London dwellers, but of course, the whole point of strikes is to be an inconvenience, in a bid to make the powers that be listen. One of the major sticking points is how bosses aren’t prepared to meet unions face-to-face about all this.

Again, here’s the Bitterwallet guide to getting around London during a Tube strike.

Is another Tube strike on the way?

August 10th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground sign 300x199 Is another Tube strike on the way?If you live in London, there’s some more bad news for you. No, we’re not talking about your rent, but rather, the chance of another strike on the Tube.

The unions have announced that staff are going to walk out again, in a bid to get a correct deal reached. Four unions, including The RMT union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), Unite and Aslef, have so far taken part in two rounds of industrial action.

Today, the union leaders are to reconvene talks with the big-wigs of the London Underground. Basically, no-one can come to an agreement about the conditions being offered as part of the new Night Tube, which of course, is all set to kick-off on September 12th.

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has accused the unions of ‘holding a gun’ to Londoners’ heads, while the Tube staff unions are saying they just want a fair deal and that the rotas which have been drawn up for the new Night Tube were “from hell”, and would disrupt the work-life balance of staff.

General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, says: “It is time for Boris Johnson to stop the posturing and start talking. This latest stunt of writing to all tube staff just confirms that he is calling the shots on Night Tube from top to bottom and doesn’t understand the fury he has unleashed across all grades, depots and lines.”

“The continued refusal of the London Mayor to have any direct contact with the transport unions, despite the fact that he is clearly in charge of the tube dispute, ‎is a ludicrous way to deal with a crisis that has developed on his watch.”

“The appeal direct to the tube workforce ignores the anger and concerns of nearly 20,000 union members, reflected in massive votes in successive ballots, and will just inflame the situation.”

August Tube strike will go ahead

August 4th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

london tube strike 300x207 August Tube strike will go aheadAfter the chaos of the last Tube strike in London, dwellers of the capital will know what’s in store now that there’s going to be another one.

Union leaders said that the planned Tube strike will go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday 5th August), with services shut down for 24 hours.

Aslef said that the latest contracts offered by London Underground was rejected, with its members walking out from 9.30pm.

Aslef officer Finn Brennan said: “We genuinely regret the disruption this will cause, but the blame for this must rest with the pig-headed determination of the mayor to insist on a September 12 launch of night Tube instead of allowing more time for a negotiated settlement to be reached.”

“The main concern is the complete lack of firm commitments on work life balance for train drivers. Our members want guarantees on the number of weekend rest days they will have under both the interim and long term arrangements for night Tube. Vague phrases like “will seek to mitigate” and “will explore” are simply unconvincing.”

Members of other unions are due to strike from 6.30pm on Wednesday, which means carnage at rush hour. Again, here’s the Bitterwallet guide to getting around London during a Tube strike, so you can at least try and make alternative plans.

The buses, DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail aren’t on strike, but as you can imagine, they’re going to be much, much busier than usual. There’ll be extra river services put on too.

The RMT aren’t happy with the latest offer, saying that reps were ‘furious’ when they looked at the deal. General secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have made it clear that the latest offer from London Underground is merely a rehash of the previous package and does nothing to tackle the core issue which revolves around staff being at the beck and call of management to be hauled in during their free time to try and plug the staffing gaps which riddle the mayor’s night Tube vanity project.”

“The night Tube plan has been botched from the off. The basics haven’t been done and those who will pay for this shambles will not only be our members but the London daily travelling public who cough up a fortune and who will find their safety and the reliability of the service compromised from September 12 onwards.”

Another strike for the London Underground

July 14th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

undergroundPA 175x125 Another strike for the London UndergroundRemember when people from London had to catch the bus for the day, because the Tube went on strike, and some talked about it like they’d had their basic human rights taken away from them?

Well, they’re going to be at it again, with another round of Tube strikes being announced, which will kick off on August 5th, according to the Aslef and Unite unions. Drivers will be walking out from 9.30pm for 24 hours.

Of course, Bitterwallet told them about the others ways they can get around the capital, including a boat which we think you can drink booze on, so they really shouldn’t complain too much.

If you’ve missed out on all this, because you have been asleep for a month, or indeed, just don’t care, the strikes surround pay and working hours on the new Night Tube service, set to be a thing from September 12th. Of course, some conspiracy theorists believe that the Government don’t actually have the money to run the night service, and this is all a big ruse to avoiding having to do it.

Finn Brennan, from Aslef, said last week: “Today our members will be on the picket lines along with our colleagues and friends in Unite, RMT and TSSA. We are here because London Underground management refused to deal seriously with the issues at the heart of this dispute and resolve them.”

“They wasted the opportunity to resolve this dispute without a strike. The blame for the disruption caused by the strike rests squarely with London Underground management.”

There’s more talks due, which means this strike might not go ahead, but we’ll just have to wait and see.