Ban strikes and let independent judges rule on industrial disputes, says new report

– Assembly Member Keith Prince wants introduction of ‘binding pendulum arbitration’ – System would mean independent ruling on disputes without costly walkouts – Report shows tube and Southern strikes would have been avoided Strike action should be banned and judges should be given powers to rule on industrial disputes to keep Londoners out of the firing line, according to a new report. ‘Struck Out 2…

Tube Strikes: Mayor gives into unions demands at a cost of £68M

Against all evidence the Mayor is reversing decisions to reduce hundreds of unnecessary staff The Mayor has given in to union’s demands and massively scaled back plans to reduce unnecessary station staff at a cost of £68million. Following the closure of underused ticket offices TfL planned to remove 950 station positions at a savings of £50million a year. In an independent review of this decision,…

Tube strikes: London faces Groundhog Day unless the Mayor intervenes

– Binding arbitration the best solution, says London Assembly member Responding to the announcement by the RMT that its members voted in favour of strike action on the tube in the run up to Christmas, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said: “Once again London is being cynically held to ransom by the unions at a time designed to inflict the highest possible damage. How…

Sadiq's 'Zero Strikes' pledge was incredibly naïve

From day one Sadiq’s ‘zero days of public transport strikes’ pledge has seemed incredibly naïve, and today a mere 6 months into his 4 years it is starting to fall apart. The Mayor thought he could just give into every union demand and avoid strike, but what he underestimated was their greed. The Mayor should be working towards real solutions to strike action, such as…

Southern rail chaos

The dire situation facing Southern Rail passengers emphasises the need for Transport for London to take control of the franchise as soon as possible. It’s completely unacceptable that a major rail network is effectively brought to its knees by completely unnecessary industrial action. Transport unions should not be allowed to block sensible changes by striking in this way. The only people who lose out are…

Response to the RMT union strike announcement

Sadiq Khan promised ‘zero days’ of public transport strikes on his watch but just 19 days into his mayoralty he looks to have failed to keep that pledge. He criticised Boris for failing to placate the unions over the Night Tube, yet with barely one foot through the door of City Hall he has already ensured further disruption to London this summer with news of…

Do the decent thing, break these pointless strikes, and turn up to work

Brace yourselves Londoners, the unions are once again threatening Tube strikes from Tuesday, this time lasting for eight days. In the 21st century it is ridiculous that we have a system that encourages militant trade union bosses to behave in this way – despite their members getting decent pay, generous pensions and free travel for flatmates. We urgently need to replace public transport strikes with…