|Union Says Boris Bike Strike is "Rock Solid"|
Walk out continues today disrupting cycle hire service
Transport union RMT has described the 48 hour strike action by employees of Serco on London's Barclays Cycle Hire scheme as "rock solid".
The strike began on Sunday evening and continues until Tuesday night, with the bike service severely disrupted. Afterwards an overtime ban will remain in force.
The union says workers with Serco - the international service group which also provides services for Hammersmith and Fulham Council - are fighting for fair pay and decent working conditions on the Mayors' flagship bike scheme.
Serco, which operates Barclays Cycle Hire, only recognises the union Community, and have already agreed a deal with their members, including a 2% pay increase refused by the RMT.
A spokesman for Serco said: " The number of RMT members on the contract is quite low so we do not expect a significant impact of the strike action on the service. Despite this, we have put measures in place to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the service that Londoners expect."
Andrew Hill, Contract Director at Serco for Barclays Cycle Hire said: "We are deeply disappointed the RMT have decided to take strike action at Barclays Cycle Hire. Together with our recognised trade union Community, we have already reached an agreement on the issues the RMT have raised around pay and working pattern changes.
"This was achieved through a comprehensive, thorough and fair consultation with staff that resulted in a pay rise of 2%, which is above the national average and included other improvements to their terms and conditions. This strike action is therefore wholly unnecessary."
Transport for London says the strike action will have no impact on current plans to expand the Barclays Hire Scheme westward into Fulham, Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Battersea.
The first stations are expected to be open towards the end of 2013, with all bikes ready by spring 2014.
A total of 48 new sites have been agreed at locations in Hammersmith and Fulham, including along Hammersmith Road, Woodstock Grove and Shepherd’s Bush Road. With a further 26 pending approval, there could be room for almost 2,300 bikes in the borough.A map of the proposed new sites is available online.