London tram strike called off, confirms TfL

A tram near West Croydon
-Credit: (Image: David Cook)

A London tram strike has been called off following the resolution of a dispute with a union, Transport for London (TfL) reported. Unite began a strike on June 30 and was planning on continuing it until Monday, July 8.

Maintenance staff had also announced that they would be staging a walkout from Thursday, July 11, until Monday, July 15. These disruptions would have affected on services between Wimbledon and Reeves Corner, as well as between East Croydon and Beckenham Junction/New Addington.

However, TfL and Unite appear to have reached an agreement. Trams should run tomorrow but passengers are advised to check their journey before they travel and allow for extra travel time.

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People walk past tram at East Croydon station
Unite workers first took strike action earlier this year -Credit:Martin Addison

Navid Golshan, TfL’s general manager for London Trams, said: "We are pleased that we have resolved this dispute with Unite and the Union has withdrawn their industrial action by the London Trams engineers.

"We will look at running as many services as possible from tomorrow, but this is dependent on tram availability, so we recommend customers continue to check before they travel and allow extra time for their journeys until a full planned service can be restored. We would like to thank customers for their patience."

The Unite workers first took strike action in March arguing they are paid up to £10,000 a year less than their colleagues on London Underground, despite requiring the same qualifications and performing the same roles.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham had stated at the time: "TfL thinks it can employ these workers on the cheap and treat them as second-class employees.

"The situation is totally unacceptable and our members are absolutely right to take strike action. They have Unite's unflinching support."

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