Who is on strike today and how does it affect you? Daily update for February 4th

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Tube workers and legal advisers are on strike today for two very different reasons (Image: Metro.co.uk)

It’s a quieter day today when it comes to strike action in the UK – but don’t expect there will be no disruption at all.

Waves of labor unrest have swept through the nation for months, emptying railroads, delaying deliveries and seeing some government services grind to a halt.

Today there will be two different pickets – London Underground workers and civil servants.

After two days of massive disruption to London’s main commuter train, only the London Underground is affected by strikes today.

On the first of two days of the shutdown, workers on the Bakerloo line who are members of the Locomotive Engineers’ Union Asleft (the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firefighters) will go on strike.

This means the line running from Harrow and Wealdstone in a north-west London suburb to Elephant and Castle in south London will be closed.

All other lines of the London Underground are unaffected by the strike.

Commuters on the London Underground
Bakerloo line workers walk out over safety concerns (Picture: Getty Images)

The union is arguing over a plan that would allow passengers to end up in sidings and depots due to a lack of security checks.

Aslef called the proposal “flash and dash,” adding that drivers would have to rely on unreliable 50-year-old public address announcements to avoid getting stuck.

Transport for London (TfL) managers are hoping to scrap a security measure whereby train carriages are physically checked to ensure they are empty as part of cost-cutting measures.

Finn Brennan, organizer of Aslef on the Tube, said: “This puts both passengers and staff at risk.

“Previous experience had shown that removing physical controls resulted in thousands of passengers being unknowingly taken to sidings or depots.

“We understand the pressure on the London Underground to cut costs, but this must not come at the expense of passenger and staff safety.”

TfL said: “The safety of staff and customers is our top priority and we have never and will never compromise on safety.

A photo of commuters buying tickets.
TfL say all other London Underground lines will operate normally today (Image: Geoffrey Swaine/Shutterstock)

“No one wants to see strikes on the network, especially as we try to encourage commuters and visitors to return to London. We will continue to work with Aslef and urge them to stop this action.’

The transport network said no changes have been made to security checks but hopes to end the requirement to check trains for emptiness at the end of a journey.

Due to barriers in the doors of the wagons, according to TfL, it is not possible for customers to get off the tracks at sidings or depots.

Following the strike, early morning Bakerloo services are expected to go ahead as scheduled on Sunday.

Bakerloo staff will be stepping out again next Saturday.

Pickets are appearing alongside subway workers, legal advisers and court workers who are members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents civil servants.

In which courts are legal advisers on strike?

Aberystwyth Justice Centre

Aldershot Justice Center

Barrow-in-Furness Magistrates’ Court

Basildon Combined Court

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court

Beverly Magistrates’ Court and Family Court

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court

Bolton Magistrates Court

Bradford & Keighley Magistrates and Family Court

Brighton Magistrates’ Court

Bristol Magistrates’ Court and Tribunals Hearing Center

Caernarfon Justice Center

Cambridge Magistrates’ Court

Cannock District Court

Cardiff Magistrates Court

Carlisle Magistrates Court

Chesterfield Justice Center

Coventry Magistrates’ Court

Crawley Magistrates Court

Crewe Magistrates’ Court (South Cheshire).

Derby Magistrates Court

Dudley Courthouse (county, mags, family)

Durham County Court and Family Court

Ealing Magistrates Court

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court

Gateshead Courts of Justice

Grimsby Magistrates Court and Family Court

Guildford Magistrates Court and Family Court

Hastings Magistrates’ Court

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court

Justice Center Hereford

High Wycombe Magistrates Court and Family Court

HMCTS Osprey house

Hull and Holderness Magistrates’ Court and Hearings Centre

Ipswich Magistrates’ Court

Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court

Kirklees (Huddersfield) Magistrates and Family Court.

Lavender Hill Magistrates Court

Leeds Magistrates Court and Family Court

Lincoln County Court

Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court

Civil and Family Court Liverpool

Llanelli Magistrates Court

Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court

Maidstone Magistrates Court and Family Court

Manchester Magistrates’ Court

Mansfield Magistrates’ and County Court

Medway Magistrates Court and Family Court

Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court Center

Dishes of central and south-east Northumberland

Milton Keynes Magistrates Court and Family Court

Center for Mold Justice

Newport Magistrates’ Court (South Wales).

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

North Somerset Magistrates’ Court

North Staffordshire Justice Center

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court

Norwich Magistrates Court and Family Court

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court

Oxford Magistrates’ Court

Peterborough Magistrates’ Court

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court

Reading Magistrates Court and Family Court

Salisbury Courts of Justice

Sefton Magistrates’ Court

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court

St Albans Magistrates Court

Staines Magistrates Court and Family Court

Stevenage Magistrates Court

Sunderland County Family, Magistrates and Tribunals Hearings

Swindon Magistrates’ Court

Tameside Magistrates’ Court

Taunton Magistrates’ Court, Tribunals and Family Hearing Center

Teesside Magistrates’ Court

Telford Magistrates’ Court

Uxbridge Magistrates Court

Walsall District Court

Warrington Magistrates’ Court

Combined Court Warwick

West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court

Willesden District Court

Wimbledon Magistrates Court

Worcester Justice Centre

Worthing Magistrates Court

Yeovil County, Family and District Court.

The advisers work for HM Courts and Tribunals Service, which manages court services in England and Wales.

This is the second day of their four-day strike over the launch of the common platform, which the union says has sent fears “through the roof”.

The Government spent £236million on the case database system to ‘modernize the court system’. According to HMCTS, Common Platform has handled nearly 158,000 criminal cases and is active in more than 100 courts.

PCS said the platform was “fundamentally flawed” and called for an adequate risk assessment and a promise not to cut further staff as a result.

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