A 48-hour walkout is underway by workers responsible for keeping London's Boris Bikes moving over pay and conditions. The RMT union insisted there is solid support for today's action but employers Serco said they have been running a near-normal service.
The assistant general secretary of a transport union amid a row over pay for Boris Bike staff has told ITV London that despite being offered a pay rise of 2%, Steve Hedley said that "it is still a pay cut with inflation". He added that RMT workers encountered "bullying".
Boris Bike services have been running despite strike action taken by transport union workers over pay and conditions, Contract Director at Serco for Barclays Cycle Hire said today.
Andrew Hill said:
Around 70 On-street staff keep the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme moving each day and I am pleased to confirm that despite the strike action, we have been running a full service for customers today.
I am still deeply disappointed the RMT have instigated this wholly unnecessary strike given that we have already reached an agreement on the issues the RMT have raised around pay and working pattern changes.
Forty-eight hours of strike action on London's Serco Barclays Boris Bikes, which began last night, is "rock solid" with pickets out in force at the headquarters in at Waterloo, transport union the Rail Maritime and Transport union said today.
The union's general secretary Bob Crow said: "With David Cameron announcing investment in cycling today he could start by telling his old school chum Boris Johnson to end the exploitation of his bike scheme workforce.
"This group of workers are rock solid this morning in their fight for workplace justice and its about time Boris Johnson got involved in resolving this dispute rather than treating his bikes as a vanity project".
Transport union workers have already received a pay rise of 2%, the Contract Director at Serco for Barclays Cycle said today as RMT members have begun a 48-hour strike over pay and conditions. Andrew Hill said:
We are deeply disappointed the RMT have decided to take strike action at Barclays Cycle Hire.
Together with our recognised trade union Community, we have already reached an agreement on the issues the RMT have raised around pay and working pattern changes.
This is above the national average and included other improvements to their terms and conditions.This strike action is therefore wholly unnecessary; however we will make every effort to ensure that we minimise its impact for the thousands of Londoners who rely on the scheme to get around every day.