Pay dispute over Boris Bikes

Boris Bike workers have gone on strike for 48 hours. RMT Union members who work for Serco Barclays London bike scheme walked out last night after a 100% vote in favour of strike action.

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'Full Boris Bike service running' for customers

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.

PM should 'end exploitation' of Boris Bike workforce

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.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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".

Key points in Boris Bikes strike action dispute

Workers on the capital's bike hire scheme are "solidly supporting" a 48-hour strike over pay and conditions.

The grievances at the heart of the on-going dispute are:

  • The imposition of a 2% pay increase for 2013
  • The imposition of shift change patterns
  • The continuous bullying and harassment of members
  • The lack of a formal agreement on travelling time or travel allowances

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Boris Bike contract director 'disappointed' over strike

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.

Boris Bike employees take to picket lines

Boris Bike workers have gone on strike for 48 hours. RMT Union members who work for Serco Barclays London bike scheme walked out last night after a 100% vote in favour of strike action.

90% of London's 'Boris Bike' staff are RMT members, so this is likely to have some impact.

Barclay Cycle transport union workers go on strike. Credit: Reuters

The employees are upset over over pay and shift patterns. The strike is due to finish at 9pm tomorrow.

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