Two day strike by dial-a-ride called off

Dial-a-ride services in London have called off their planned 48 hours of strikes.

The transport service is free and allows the elderly and disabled to easily get around London. Dial-a-ride employees, who are also members of union Unite, originally planned to strike from Thursday morning onwards, due to a pay dispute with Transport for London (TfL), reports itv.com.

Some 400 drivers, centre staff and engineers are represented by Unite and if they went on strike around 50,000 London residents would be affected. The elderly and disabled people that use the dial-a-ride service often find it difficult to access and use the other modes of transport available in the capital, reports standard.co.uk.

Acas, the conciliation service, comments: “We are pleased that we have been able to help avert the strike this week. We want to thank all the parties involved for their hard work and commitment.”

This is the latest strike threat off of the back of many by Unite against TfL. Just last week London Underground staff said they would completely shut down the service over the bank holiday weekend if working conditions for power supply controllers did not improve. Acas also managed to prevent this action from going ahead, following three days of talks.