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.
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.
“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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