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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.
Ria Chatterjee reports:
Boris Bike employees have gone on strike today causing disruption for thousands of London commuters.
The workers are protesting against shift patterns and pay and the strike is due to finish at 9pm tomorrow night.
Ria Chatterjee reports:
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:
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".
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
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:
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.
The employees are upset over over pay and shift patterns. The strike is due to finish at 9pm tomorrow.