Unite members working on the Woolwich Ferry crossing in London are balloting for strike action. Around 27 crew – electricians and road traffic teams – are in dispute with operator Briggs Marine over sick pay and the company’s use of agency staff.
The ferry workers are angry at the way in which the operator is riding roughshod over long standing agreements and practices. The union is calling on the company to return to the negotiating table, warning that a Yes vote for strike action would shut down the free service, which carries more than 3,500 vehicles and 5,000 passengers a day.
The ballot closes on Friday 16 January.