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

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– 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 – Judgement Day’, by Keith Prince, says recent costly and disruptive walkouts on the tube and Southern network would have been avoided if ‘binding pendulum arbitration’ was already in place.

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

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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, ordered by Sadiq Khan, these plans for ticket office closures were supported. Even with this evidence unions staged a 24-hour Tube strike in early January due to these changes.

Today TfL announced they will be hiring 325 new station staff, and this is estimated to cost £17million a year.*

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Tube strikes: London faces Groundhog Day unless the Mayor intervenes

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– 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 much longer before we say enough is enough?

“The Mayor needs to prevent another tube strike Groundhog Day by backing plans for binding pendulum arbitration, forcing both sides to act as reasonably as possible during negotiations and preventing strikes.

“Londoners do not deserve to be used as pawns in petty industrial disputes. Mayor has a duty to intervene.”

Sadiq's 'Zero Strikes' pledge was incredibly naïve

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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 binding arbitration where agreements are reached by a judge avoiding industrial action.

Sadiq once said that ‘Strikes are ultimately a sign of failure’, and I can’t think of a better word to describe his Mayoralty.

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Southern rail chaos

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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 the paying commuters.

Response to the RMT union strike announcement

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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 more strikes.

Sadiq Khan must have been dreaming when he promised he would prevent industrial action by ‘rolling up his sleeves and talking to everyone’. If he’s serious about ending strikes on London’s public transport he should back calls to ban them altogether. If not then Londoners will rightly assume that he’s unwilling to stand up to his union paymasters.

Walkouts in London number almost one a week – the Government needs to get tougher

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The Government needs to get tougher with union barons, especially with public transport strikes. The UK may be bracing itself for a day of mass walkout, but there have already been 20 days of Tube strikes in London this year, the equivalent of almost a day a week. It’s barmy that power control room staff on the Underground are currently in the middle of a two week strike, despite earning £54k basic salary plus generous perks. Private sector workers such as cabbies, office secretaries or cleaners – on half the wage – wouldn’t be able to get away with it. The Mayor needs to lobby for New York style, judge led, mediation, which would protect workers’ rights and stop commuters and businesses from being hit by chaos and loss of pay.

You can sign my Government e-Petition on protecting workers by reforming public transport strike laws here.

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

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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 independent judge-led mediation to protect commuters from this ongoing misery. If you're a power worker on the London Underground, I urge you to do the decent thing, break these pointless strikes, and turn up to work as usual.

You can sign my Government e-Petition on protecting workers by reforming public transport strike laws here.

Sick of strikes?

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare


The system is broken and it's time the Government replace public transport strikes with an independent mediation process.

Sign our Government E-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/58230

Read more about our plan in our Struck Out report http://glaconservatives.co.uk/so